Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori /Land Stewardship Network of CataloniaThe implication of NGOs in the management of Regional Funds 5th Surf Nature Workshop, European Funding – Forest Biodiversity and Risk Prevention Solsona, 24 May 2011
Summary1. Who is XCT and our action at European level & funding2. Some examples of conservation NGOs & ERDF and other European funding3. Lessons learnt, challenges & recommendations.
Who are we?Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (xct)Land Stewardship Network in Catalonia • Non-profit association created in 2003 with 162 members from Catalonia and Balearic Islands • Umbrella organization to promote the use & development of Land Stewardship • Communicates LS to the general public • Assists land stewardship organisations (land trusts) • Networking strategy • Studies legislative opportunities • Research and pilot projects in LS
LAND STEWARDSHIP STAKEHOLDER MODEL Civil Society General Funding institutions administration Citizenship Regional and Private Companies State Governments, EU BIODIVERSITY STEWARDSHIPLandowners & Land Land stewardship users (farmers, organizations (≈ hunters, Land Trusts) fishermen, NGO & Local foresters) and government – their specialized public organisations institutions
XCT MembershipLand stewardshiporganisations (land trusts) 162 members 18.5.11
IV CatalanLandStewardshipInventory,2009First in GISformat,GeographicalInformationSystem
IV Land stewardship Inventory (Catalunya, Balearic Islands, Andorra)• 629 LS agreements, 441 in Catalunya & 188 Balearic Islands, 211.000 Ha under agreement.• 74 land trusts, 56% private & 44% public. 68 Catalunya, 6 Balearic Is.• Main Land trusts with agreements: Consell Insular de Menorca, Obra Social Caixa Catalunya, Minyons Escoltes de Catalunya, Diputació de Girona.• 48 land trusts with less than 20 agreements, 192 agreements, 32% of the total Inventary by: Martí Puig & Montserrat Masó, 2009
European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation. European Parliament resolution of 21 September 2010 on the implementation of EU legislation aiming at the conservation of biodiversity (2009/2108(INI)) Article 35: “Furthermore expresses its concern about the lack of cross- border cooperation, which can lead to identical areas being approached differently, and stresses the usefulness of harnessing existing instruments, such as the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), a judicial tool; .” EGTC – European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation Land stewardship Territorial connectivity Pirinees Mediterranean Euroregional Network
Euroregional network for land stewardship and conservancy management http://cepmctgc. blogspot.com/ • 8 member network & alike organisations. • Created 2009. • Need for dialogue with EEIG Forespir.
The four European Stewardship Engines • Milano Declaration for Land Stewardship • Exchanges • Seminars • Presentation DG Environment October 2010
LANDLIFE: Boosting land stewardship as a conservation tool in the Western Mediterranean Arch & all Europe: A communication and training schemeLIFE + Information and Communication A proposal to 2011 call
Catalonia & xct• Catalan conservation NGOs do not apply to ERDF programs at all (even Life+ project application is scarce).• European Rural Development Program (ERDP) in Catalonia with very limited access to NGOs as mostly managed with a view in agricultural production.• Lack of european level granting culture & absence of consulting athmosphere• Very little access to information on calls. Sense of burdensome calls & lack of capability.• Catalan public institutions never partner with NGOs. Sense of unfair competition and use of public structures.
Conservatoires des Espaces Naturelles (France)• ERDF funds are key to the scale of their activity and to achieve 50% from other cofunding sources.• ERDF ≈ 20% - 50% of annual budget.• 2006-11 12 ERDF co-funded projects at CEN Languedoc-Roussillon, & 13 at CEN Midi Pyrenees.• Slowness in payment a challenge plus some administrative difficulties identified.• Programs managed and developed at national and regional level, completely different from Spain. We thank Claudie Houssard (CENLR) & Daniel Marc (CENMP) for their help & info.
Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre (Cantabria, Spain)• Has applied three times to Intereg projects, only once succesful as partner of a French lead consortium.• Considers that public support and lobby for the projects is fundamental. If public institutions are not involved Intereg or ERDF funding is impossible.• Regionally based program management implies a strong political component on decisions.• Slowness in payment a challenge, plus need to select highly reliable partners able to certify and reach deadlines.• In conclusion not very supportive of NGOs participating in ERDF as it is today. We thank Carlos Sánchez, director of FNyH for his help & info.
DVL Landcare GermanyDeutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege e.V• Only a few pilot projects of ERDF funding to NGOs in recent years, none at DVL• DVL in contact to WWF Germany to participate in ERDF. We thank Bernd Blümlein, director of DVL for his help & info.
Lessons learnt• NGOs find particularly burdensome and complex applying to ERDF and other european funding.• There is a need for instruments facilitating finance & treasure over project span.• Evidence of uneven access and opportunities for NGOs and public bodies & different strategies in member states. e.g. Med Program 2009 1/17 projects Objective 2.1: Protection and enhancement of natural resources and cultural heritage/label > lead by NGO (WWF France)
Challenges and recommendations / 1• ERDF should include a support role towards conservation NGOs for their social value & public policy contribution for conservation NGOs (structural funding, capacity building, networking and consultancy...).• Public institutions like CTCF and alike must support and advice NGOs in applying to European funding (probono & low cost consulting). Umbrella sectoral organisations (xct like) to act as partner searching organisations.• Minimum objectives or quota of NGO participation in ERDF, Intereg, EGTC, and alike projects should be defined at European level.• Independent and innovative strategies of project treasury management are key (credit coops, public credit bodies, low-interest agreements with financial sector & CSR)
Challenges and recommendations / 2• Innovative public-private cofinancing strategies must be facilitated adequately (project duration and auditing, flexible budgeting...)• Biodiversity stewardship agreements & payment for ecosystem services should become an innovative priority actions for european conservation funding.• Surf Nature could play a role in promoting NGO participation in ERDF: partners to start pilot partnership actions, European wide communication and advocacy role, etc.
Thank you for you attention! Agraïts del vostre interès! www.custodiaterritori.org Xarxa de Custòdia del TerritoriAnd all its member organisations and individuals In 2010-2011 XCT has a specific support towards its Legal Innovation Models for Land Stewardship by: