11th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention

11th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention

The 11th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention will take place 26-27 May 2021 under the auspices of the Presidency of Hungary of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Organised in the framework of the Presidency of Hungary of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe 11th Conference on the European Landscape Convention (26-27 May 2021 - online) is to present to the member States of the Organisation the state of progress of the Work Programme of the Convention and to deal with questions concerning its implementation.

The European Landscape Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 July 2000 in Strasbourg and opened for signature of the Member States of the Organisation in Florence (Italy) on 20 October 2000, with the aims to promote landscape protection, management and planning, and to organise international co-operation. It is the first international treaty to be exclusively devoted to all aspects of landscape: environmental, social, cultural and economic.

The Convention applies to the entire territory of the Parties and concerns both remarkable and everyday landscapes and degraded landscapes. It makes an important contribution to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s objectives in the field of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and to the search for solutions to major
societal issues.

To date, 40 Council of Europe Member States have ratified the Convention. Opened for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe and for accession by the European Union and the European non-member States, the Convention will also be open for accession by non-European States in a near future (following the entry into force of a Protocol amending the Convention, on 1st July 2021). The European Landscape Convention provides that the contracting Parties undertake to co-operate internationally in the consideration of the landscape dimension of international policies and programmes.

The Council of Europe organises this cooperation through the Conferences on the European Landscape Convention, the Meetings of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention and other meetings organized at regional, national or local level.

As a part of the Session II of the Conference, Report “Urban landscapes and climate change: the contribution of Landscape Architects to improve the quality of life” will be presented by Michael Oldham, IFLA Europe Honorary Member and member of IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group.

This report, which is concerned with the practice of Landscape Architecture to improve the quality of life in cities, outlines the context of climate change in terms of the science, the politics and aspirations, both in Europe and globally. It discusses how cities are changing, how their resident populations are at risk, and how Covid-1
has further complicated the situation, perhaps advancing even more urgently the need for action. It notes two major studies commissioned by the European Union, undertaken by the European Environment Agency and the Eklipse Working Group, both of which directly relate the quality of city life to landscape and the environment. Seven subject areas are examined which demonstrate the range of science, design, planning, implementation and management of landscapes in the cities of several European States.

Education at primary, secondary and higher/university level is also discussed, in relation to creating both greater awareness and improved professional expertise. The report comments on strategies relating to the importance of landscape equity and human rights, which are central values of the Council of Europe. The report highlights opportunities and problems, and notes fundamental challenges, in order to establish a European viewpoint on the climate crisis, and the role that landscape and Landscape Architects can play. The report concludes with a summary and is supplemented by a number of appendices.

The Report will be presented to the Conference of the European Landscape Convention 26/27 May 2021 and reported to the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture, Landscape and Heritage (CDCPP) Meeting later in the year.

Report was prepared by IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group:
Ana Luengo, AEP Spain, Chair of the Working Group
Michael Oldham, LI UK, Honorary Member
Indra Purs, LAAA Latvia
Niek Hazendonk, NVTL Netherlands
Leor Lovinger, ISALA Israel

Session II – Landscape and sustainable development

5. Report “Landscape and responsibility of stakeholders for sustainable and harmonious development” and draft recommendation

[Document for information and action: CEP-CDCPP (2021) 5EPowerPoint Presentation]

6. Report “Urbanisation, town planning and landscape” and draft recommendation

[Document for action: CEP-CDCPP (2021) 6EPowerPoint Presentation]

7. Report “Urban landscapes and climate change: the contribution of Landscape Architects to improve the quality of life”

[Document for information and action: CEP-CDCPP (2021) 7EPowerPoint Presentation]

8. Draft recommendation “Landscape and agriculture”

[Document for information and action: CEP-CDCPP (2021) 8E]

For full agenda please visit CEP-CDCPP (2021) 1E – Draft agenda]

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