On 23rd March, the 9th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention has started in Strasbourg. Adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 July 2000, the European Landscape Convention was opened for signature by the Organisation’s member states in Florence on 20 October of that year. As the first international treaty devoted exclusively to all aspects of landscape, it addresses the Council of Europe’s key challenges in the areas of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Since then, landscape has been gradually introduced into governments’ political agendas; an extensive international co-operation network in support of the implementation of the Convention had developed; the concept of landscape as defined by the Convention is being increasingly recognised by the authorities and citizens; new forms of co-operation are emerging between the different tiers of government – national, regional and local – and between the ministries or departments of the same state or region; landscape-specific working structures (observatories, centres or landscape institutes) are being set up; landscape-specific laws and regulations are being adopted; states and regions are cooperating beyond their borders in the case of frontier landscapes; university programmes have been developed with reference to the Convention; biennials, landscape festivals and exhibitions based on the principles of the Convention are being held; and communities and non-governmental organisations are feeling increasingly involved and becoming active.
This Conference will present the different policies which have been implemented in the countries part of the Council of Europe, and explore new paths for the enhancement of our landscapes. See more: http://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape