Ecological consequences and social legitimacy of voluntary nature conservation

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Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 79 524,00

Project timetable

Project start date: 04/04/2016

Project end date: 31/05/2020


The aim of the project is to study, whether nature conservation based on landowners’ voluntariness to protect their lands causes trade-offs between ecological values and economic efficiency compared to state-led conservation, which enables compulsory purchase at need. Additionally, voluntary nature conservation moves power and right of decision from experts to individual landowners. Thus, another aim of the project is to investigate, how do landowners and especially non-landowners respond to this power shift; could there be ingredients for new social conflicts although voluntary conservation has been thought to be socially more sustainable than traditional state-led conservation? The solutions for the challenges of voluntary nature conservation will be explored by analysing ways to reform conservation planning. The study cases are Finnish Mire Conservation Program that was reckoned on voluntariness of landowners, and ELITE-work that analyses new ways of assess and reverse ecosystems’ degradation.

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