Turn your idea into an AgoraNatura project!
Develop your idea
Who can propose a project?
Then read on, you are at the right place!
What kind of project can I propose?
The purpose of AgoraNatura is to increase biological diversity, thereby supporting and drawing attention to other related ecosystem services. By proposing a project, you are providing the opportunity to preserve or improve a piece of land with high nature value. As a result you provide the expected ecosystem services.
Describe your project
To prepare your project description, we have put together an extra page to help you. Finally, your project description must be attractive and accepted by the certification body at the same time. An online form is then available to you for the description. It contains all necessary fields and offers you the possibility to present your project in a concise and appealing way.
- In the form, you will find tips on how to fill out each field and a “Preview” button to see how your entries will look when the project goes online.
- If you want to fill out the form in stages, you can save the details and return to them at another point at “My AgoraNatura”.
- Once everything is filled out, double-check that your entries are complete after which you can send the project description to be verified for certification.
To access the online form, you must first register and log into your AgoraNatura account.
Once your project description is complete, you can send it with a click of your mouse to be verified for certification. An independent certification authority will check if the information you have given is viable and that all criteria of the Naturplus-Standard are satisfied. Currently, the certification process is carried out by agrathaer GmbH.
If changes need to be made, the certification authority will contact you directly. In such a case, you can easily make changes in the online form and resubmit them once you are finished.
Once you are certified, your project will automatically go online and the funding period will start. You can decide how long you want the duration of funding to be. We do, however, recommend using the maximum funding period of 6 months.
Nature conservation certificates are allocated depending on your indications about area and project duration. One certificate represents an investment of 100 m2 for one year of the project’s duration. In the project description you will also indicate how much your plans will cost to implement; this total price will be divided into individual certificates.
Private individuals and companies can buy your certificates on AgoraNatura and thereby finance your project’s implementation. In some cases, interested individuals may contact you before making their payment. This gives you the chance to have direct interaction with potential funding partners.
Once all certificates have been ordered for your project and you have approved them, the full payment will be transferred to your account. At the same time, your investors will automatically receive their nature conservation certificates from AgoraNatura by email.
In the case of a fundraising project or an investment by a company the investors will also receive a certificate of charitable contribution respectively an invoice. For this, AgoraNatura will send you a contact list of the investors after the project has been successfully funded.
As soon as all certificates are sold, you can begin putting your proposal into action. You can manage your project at “My AgoraNatura”. Here you can post updates, photos or audio recordings which will then appear on the project page. In this way, you can easily report on progress and help your investors and others to experience what is happening on-site. This ensures transparency and provides insights into your work, which can promote further engagement in the medium term.
For the certification, it is important to write reports regularly. Once a year you must submit a brief report confirming the successful implementation of your project. You can find relevant tools for this in “My AgoraNatura”. If you already reported on the implementation and outcomes of your project throughout the year, you can simply summarise these updates into a report. The certification authority makes random annual checks on selected projects, depending on the reports and the on-site results. Should any difficulties arise during the course of the project, please contact the certification authority directly.
On the page “We offer you support” you can find more detailed information and a contact list of our proposal experts. If you would like to give feedback or comments, get in touch directly at angebot[a]agora-natura.de.
Feedback from land users
"Artenvielfalt in der Agrarlandschaft braucht unsere Aufmerksamkeit. Mit Agora Natura haben wir eine Plattform gefunden, durch die LandwirtInnen und NaturschutzvertreterInnen gemeinsam mit interessierten Unternehmen und Privatpersonen an diesem Prozess teilhaben und miteinander in den Dialog treten können. Zusammen für die Natur!"
"Wir denken, dass der Ansatz von AgoraNatura innovativ und zukunftsweisend ist. (...) Die Abwicklung ist unkompliziert und die Möglichkeit über AgoraNatura Mittel für die Anschubfinanzierung von sinnvollen Projekten zu bekommen ist sehr hilfreich!"
"Durch AgoraNatura können wir unseren Mitgliedsbetrieben eine finanzielle Perspektive für die naturnahe und Vielfalt fördernde Bewirtschaftung ihrer Flächen bieten."
"Landbewirtschaftung geht nur im Einklang mit der Natur. Durch ihre Investitionen machen Unternehmen und Privatpersonen uns als Bewirtschaftern klar, dass der gesellschaftliche Wille für mehr Artenvielfalt und die Anerkennung ihres Nutzens da ist."
"Kleinere Flächen reichen für so ein Projekt schon aus. Für die Landwirtschaft schlecht nutzbare Flächen erhalten so eine sinnvolle Verwendung, also zum Beispiel Böden mit geringem Ertragsniveau."