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. 

Africa 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 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 tell your story!

We promote your protected area and projects!

We support your conservation & sustainable business endeavors!


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

Following our belief "communication, collaboration, conservation" we have the vision of:

  • growing a unique and comprehensive network of Private Land Conservation Areas and Projects across Africa;
  • establishing a neutral platform for discussion and interaction around all aspects relating to private conservation, at the interface of academia, authorities, industry and citizens;
  • becoming the hub for: exchanging knowledge, showcasing conservation stories and action, creating collaborations and serving as business platform; and
  • attracting individuals and organizations from all backgrounds and sectors to engage in our network. 

Our network and platform offers an interactive geographical map, directory of members, individual member profiles, storytelling and 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, mostly 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...  


Partner in francophone Africa

Dr Serge Alexis Kamgang

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.