Lessons Learnt

Participant's Remarks and Comments

When we return home first we’ll organize a lunch meeting for all interested colleagues, with the most interesting information sheets and things we learned during the visit. In addition we will ask these colleagues to give their feedback at a business plan for ‘marketing carbon storage in soil/vegetation’. (Henk Siebel, Natuurmonumenten)

I learned of the huge importance of elaborate land use in agriculture as well as employing the soil and the plants growing on it as carbon stores. Therefore farming and land conservation play important roles in fighting climate change. Furthermore it was interesting to see the internal measures and different strategies employed by the National Trust, the RSPB, Natuurmonumenten and Conservatoire du littoral to reduce the organisations’ carbon footprints (biomass heating, renewable energy, new management software and management tools (e.g. internal certification of sites as it is done in France), potential reduction of paper consumption). (Cord-Dieter Wiesenthal, NABU)

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The project was funded from a Leonardo da Vinci grant.
The project started in 2010 and was finished in 2012.