03 – Do privates do it better?

Moderator: Joaquim Teodósio SPEA (PT) 

Private owned nature conservation areas are not common in Europe but exist for a long time. Private sector has showed an increasing interest in nature conservation with sustainable management with low impact activities, in particular ecotourism. There are examples with success from Europe and abroad that should be brought to discussion in a time where land abandonment and depopulation of rural areas is a reality in many places of Europe and wilderness is making its own way as an option.

Case study #1

Flavio Ojidos, CNRPPN (BR)

“RPPN – private owned and managed Protected Areas from Brazil: 27 years of experience and the challenges of the future” by Flávio Ojidos from CNRPPN – Confederação Nacional de Reservas Particulares do Patrimônio Natural (National Confederation of Private Natural Heritage Reserves), Brazil
Flávio will explain how the participation of civil society in biodiversity conservation in Brazil works and how Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN, for its Portuguese acronym) are considered in the Brazilian system of protected areas, addressing the relevance of this reality not only in terms of protected habitats, but also in terms of opportunities for resources generation, in view to sustainable development. He will present also the experience from its own RPPN.

Case study #2

Pedro Prata, Associação Transumância e Natureza (PT)

“Faia Brava, the first private Portuguese PA and its work towards sustainability” by Pedro Prata, ATN Associação Transumância e Natureza (Portuguese NGO that runs the PA), Portugal
Pedro will tell us the story of this small private Protected Area established in a very low populated area of Portugal, where they have created an opportunity for jobs and sustainable development and at the same time protecting and enhancing the natural heritage of the territory.