The European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) contributes to close cooperation between rural communities, and in doing so aims to counter the challenges of rural depopulation brought about by urbanization and globalisation. As rural territories cover the vast majority of the European area, a balanced development of these areas is necessary in order to enable the countryside to generate economic activity and improve the rural environment by protecting and enhancing environmental heritage.
ELO represents a large number of rural family business and enterprises as well as individual actors in Europe involved in activities such as farming and agriculture, forestry and cork, wine production, hunting and fishing as well as water and waste treatment. ELO sets out to encourage sustainable development and management, whilst promoting biodiversity, sustainable bioenergy, food safety, responsible packaging, and combating climate change. ELO also strives to uphold property rights notably in land use, cities, real estates, historic houses and gardens.