Private Land Conservation is a vital component of worldwide conservation efforts in protecting species and habitats and in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The implementation of privately owned protected areas and individual conservation action is continuously gaining momentum - including for example innovative approaches in ecotourism or citizen science. 

The Southern Hemisphere offers a striking amount of Private Land Conservation Areas and Projects, representing a wide range of motivations, sizes, corporate models and stories. Well known types in Africa, for example, are game ranches, game reserves, nature reserves, eco-estates or mountain retreats, amongst many more... These provide a set of invaluable and diverse benefits to society - both tangible and intangible.

We believe that the private landowners and reserve managers as well as all other actors and stakeholders behind these approaches are at the forefront of enhancing conservation through their expertise and local knowledge - let us share and utilise this knowledge! 

We have the vision of achieving a paradigm shift in the conservation sector: applying conservationpreneurship to enhance conservation success, including community development and nature-based tourism solutions.



PLCnetwork of the Southern Hemisphere is a unique platform and consulting firm with a passion for private land conservation across the global South. Through communication and collaboration, we engage in research, conservation project implementation, and community development. Our aim is to induce long-lasting social change for conservation based on our approach of innovative conservationpreneurship! 

We tell your story!

We promote your protected areas and projects!

We support your conservation & sustainable business endeavors!

We offer personal connections based on trust!

We promise funding honesty and transparency!


We have the mission to:

  • grow a comprehensive network of Private Land Conservation Areas and Projects across the global South;
  • establish a neutral platform for discussion and interaction around all aspects of private conservation, at the interface of academia, authorities, industry and citizens;
  • become the hub for exchanging knowledge, telling conservation stories, showcasing conservation action, creating collaborations and establishing partnerships;
  • attract individuals and organizations from all backgrounds and sectors to engage in our network;
  • avoid middlemen in the investment chain for conservation by offering our 90% rule for funding honesty and transparency.


PLCnetwork aims to increase the publicity, networking opportunity and business potential for our members as well as the engagement of the public in conservation.

Our network and platform offers an interactive geographical map, directory of members, individual member profiles, news, a notice board for advertisment listings and an internal member lounge via a login function. Further, we encourage the opportunity for any interested member of the public to engage and contribute via our communication channels, such as Facebook or the provided email addresses



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Dr Julia Baum is the Founder of PLCnetwork.

She developed her passion for social-ecological systems thinking in South Africa during her doctorate research work, when she engaged with stakeholders in conservation and established an understanding of the identity of private land conservation areas. Julia is published in several scientific articles around this topic, find them here...  



Dr Serge Alexis Kamgang is our partner in francophone Africa.

Serge is an experienced primatologist and conservationist, residing in Cameroon. He is the Founder of the local NGO Biodiversité-Environnement et Développement Durable (BEDD), is Lecturer at the Garoua Widlife College and member of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He is rendering invaluable support to our network in the French-speaking countries of Central- and West-Africa.  


Sungeni Ruth Karonga is our Conservationpreneurship Assistant.

Sungeni holds an Honors Environmental Science from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her research explored the socio-ecological, economic, and legal drivers of protected area downsizing, degazettement, and downgrading (PADDD). Sungeni currently lives in Malawi, and is an invaluable team member driving our projects to thrive.