Hosted by LIFE Mires Estonia and coordinated by the Estonian Fund for Nature, the Platform Meeting "Volunteering for Nature Conservation" took place from the 19th to the 21st of September 2018
The event was organised into three different sets of activities, distributed over three days.
Invited experts highlighted the work of other programmes that involve volunteers and offered lessons on attracting, motivating and utilising volunteers. Furthermore, the meeting explored the social aspects of volunteering and made links with other policy areas.
On the first day, various LIFE projects presented the work they have been developing with volunteers and nature conservation activities. There was a panel for 6 thematic workshops approaching different topics concerning volunteering and nature conservation. The second day included an all day long volunteering action, dedicated to restore mires through the building of natural dams with peat. The third day was dedicated to discussion and follow up of the work.
LIFE ELCN was represented at the event with a presentation from Montis about "Volunteering as Crowdsourcing for Nature Conservation", which was included in the panel "Legal Tools and Incentives for Volunteering."