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Call for proposals: 2020 Global Congress of the International Land Conservation Network and First Congress of the European Land Conservation Network

Join private, NGO, and community land conservationists from around the world at the International Land Conservation Network’s (ILCN) 2020 Global Congress, held in partnership with the First Congress of the European Land Conservation Network (ELCN)! 

The 2020 Congress of the ILCN and the ELCN will build upon the momentum, conversations, collaborations, and relationships that have emerged within these two networks over the past several years. The Congress will explore a range of topics, focused on how attendees may take specific actions in their home countries to advance private land conservation. The Congress is free to participants.

Congress format

The Congress will kick off with a field trip to Monserrat Natural Park, featuring important Catalonian private land conservation initiatives. It will then alternate between a series of plenary lectures and several sessions of concurrent workshops. This call for proposals invites contributions to the workshop sessions of the Congress.

The workshops will cover a wide range of diverse topics presented by experienced colleagues and experts. They will run as five sessions concurrently within five areas of focus (see below). Each workshop will be 90 minutes in length and will consist of a series of presentations by multiple speakers, followed by a facilitated panel discussion and an active dialogue with the audience, in which participants work collaboratively to advance their collective understanding of a particular topic. Workshop presenters typically present their ideas for no more than 60 minutes, leaving at least 30 minutes for questions, answers and discussion.

Areas of Focus
Workshops at the 2020 Congress will follow five tracks. Please note that the descriptions below are for guidance only and not meant to limit your ideas or suggestions for workshops.

  • Conservation Finance
    This area may include topics such as: where and how to get money for land transactions, including philanthropy/grants, public funds, tax incentives, and other innovative sources of funding; public-private partnerships to support conservation; carbon financing and ecosystem service markets; mitigation or compensation funds; ecotourism; long-term finance mechanisms, and more.
  • Law and Policy
    This area may include topics such as: national or regional laws enabling private land conservation in countries of different legal systems; non-financial incentives that support land conservation;potentials and risks of upscaling private land conservation tools and replicating established tools in other contexts; conservation in areas of communal, collective, or state ownership; the role of privately protected areas for global biodiversity conservation; and more.

  • Organization and Governance
    This area may include topics such as:building sustainable organizations; communicating effectively; engaging volunteers; building a board; creating and adopting standards and practices for land conservation; the value of networks in advancing private land conservation; and more.

  • Land Restoration
    This area may include topics such as: conservation techniques to enhance water quality and quantity; restoration efforts; creating/enhancing carbon sinks; regenerating native vegetation; and more.


Stewardship and Management
This area may include topics such as: monitoring of properties and measuring success; biodiversity conservation on properties; long-term management; working landscapes and land conservation; community-based conservation; conservation for both natural landscapes and cultural heritage


Applicants may propose one of the following:

  1. Presentation or Workshop
    This proposal will include information for a short presentation or workshop (~15-20 minutes) focused on a particular topic and/or case study. If selected, the Congress Planning Committee will combine your presentation or workshop with others to create a cohesive panel under the appropriate area of focus.

  2. Panel
    This proposal will include information for two to three presentations that make up a coherent workshop including a panel discussion. Each presentation may be on its own case study. You are invited to propose a panel title that summarizes its overall topic. Make sure that the panel proposal falls within one of the areas of focus.

Selection Criteria
The Planning Committee is particularly interested in sessions that are interactive, generative, or stimulating to debate on current and future trends in the field. The Planning Committee will review and select session proposals using the following set of criteria:

  • Relevance of the presentation/workshop to the global land conservation movement
  • Transferability of the presented approach (can the case be translated into other contexts)
  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Appropriate length/amount of material to time allotment
  • Level of audience interaction
  • Overall balance of program topics
  • Broad geographic representation

All proposals must include an abstract of up to 250 words and a value proposition (up to 50 words on why the presentation would be of interest to participants).

Please complete the proposal form electronically at the following link:

The Planning Committee reserves the right to solicit proposals for topics that may not yet be represented in the applicant pool.



For additional information, please contact Chandni Navalkha, Program Manager for the ILCN, at or Dr. Tilmann Disselhoff, Project Coordinator of the ELCN, at

Thank you very much, and we look forward to receiving your proposals!