Legal Tools and Incentives for Private Lands Conservation in Latin America: Building Models for Success

Date Released
September 2003

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      "...a wonderful, ambitious body of enormously valuable compilation of information and analysis that seems certain to stimulate more and better conservation throughout the Americas -- including the U.S."

Jean W. Hocker
ConServCo / Conservation Service Company, LLC
former President, Land Trust Alliance

This publication describes the use of legal tools and incentives mechanisms for the conservation of private lands in Latin America, and assesses their implementation record. It reviews both mandatory provisions and the use of voluntary instruments such as easements and private reserve designations that have grown in use since the early 1990s. It ends with recommendations for an improved framework for private lands conservation, and presents model laws for the creation of private reserves and conservation easements.