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What is a Private Nature Reserve?

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A private nature reserve is a protected area for nature that happens to be privately owned. These are typically set up to protect an important species or ecosystem by concerned individuals and organizations.

Government vs Private

Generally speaking, governments have far more resources to protect ecosystems and species. Government nature reserves and semi-protected public land are collectively larger than private nature reserves by several orders of magnitude.
Nevertheless, private nature reserves play an important role in protecting the environment. For example, some threatened species only exist on private land. In some cases, private organizations establish reserves in a country that has insufficient resources or commitment to protect its environment in an attempt to prevent the extinction of an endangered species.
Private nature reserves may also help to mitigate environmental issues by preserving important ecosystems such as rainforests, forests and wetlands.

Policy

Governments can stimulate private nature reserves by affording them tax advantages. This typically involves a certification and compliance process that ensures that the reserve has environmental benefits and is properly managed. Land owners typically need to commit to a set of conservation practices and make a long term commitment, often measured in decades.
Overview: Private Nature Reserve
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A protected area for nature that is privately owned.
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