Programme and Project Themes

The projects funded by the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) operate in different contexts and each face unique challenges, but they share common themes which reflect the vision and approach of the Programme.

The ELP also has an ambition to have an impact beyond its funded projects. Its management by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) allows it to harness the experience and expertise of CCI partner organisations to advance knowledge, build capacity, scale up and influence decisions. Combined with the evidence and lessons shared by ELP-funded projects, and by creating opportunities for collaboration between researchers, practitioners, landowners and policymakers, the ELP aspires to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of landscape restoration in Europe.

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Reversing Biodiversity Loss

Landscape restoration provides opportunities for species recovery by creating naturally functioning ecosystems that support abundant and resilient populations of plants and animals.

Enhancing Ecosystem Services

Healthy landscapes deliver a range of essential ecosystem services such as provision of clean air and fresh water, enhancing mental and physical wellbeing, regulation of climate and providing opportunities for recreation and tourism.

Celebrating Art and Culture

Encounters with the arts and with artists can provide new perspectives on landscapes and landscape history, helping to improve understanding of the history and relationships – past and present – between people and place.

Advancing and Sharing Knowledge

The ELP aims to ensure that landscape restoration within the programme is underpinned by the best available science and that appropriate monitoring is used to measure the impacts of projects’ actions.

Supporting Local Economies

Landscape restoration and the revival of diverse, abundant wildlife can provide opportunities for new, nature-based economies that in turn support thriving communities.

Inspiring Change

Landscape restoration approaches need to be adopted on a much larger scale is essential if we countries are to deliver global, national and local objectives for biodiversity, climate and sustainable development, but requires changes in policy and practice across these scales.