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Walz U.,Leibniz Institute For Okologische Raumentwicklung Dresden Ior | Bastian O.,Leibniz Institute For Okologische Raumentwicklung Dresden Ior | Kastner A.,Leibniz Institute For Okologische Raumentwicklung Dresden Ior | Wende W.,Leibniz Institute For Okologische Raumentwicklung Dresden Ior | Schwarze H.,Sachsisches Staatsministerium fur Umwelt und Landwirtschaft SMUL
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2013

There are good reasons to strengthen voluntary work of nature conservationists in Saxony. This is the result of a study collecting findings on the situation of voluntary and private nature conservation in Saxony. It shows that nature conservation in Saxony has been largely strengthened by voluntary activities. On the other hand it also shows the challenges. The interrogation of volunteers engaged into voluntary nature conservation services and organisations show that they perceive lacking or insufficient consideration, appreciation and acceptance both by the public and by media, but also by politics on state, regional and local level. There is also demand for an improved flow of information between nature conservation authorities and non-governmental organisations. Finally it becomes obvious that there is a lack of young people active in Saxony. The study suggests recommendations for action pointing out how these challenges can be met and how voluntary nature conservation in Saxony can be strengthened. Some of these suggestions are alread being implemented by the Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture; additional activities are intended together with the local districts and municipalities.

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