“Caring for Agricultural Landscapes” leaflet by IFLA EU Agricultural Landscapes Working Group!
Agriculture covers 175 million hectares of Europe and shapes the landscape like no other activity. Diverse in every aspect, agriculture has affected ecology, the environment, culture and history, politics and economics, and in return, has been affected by them.
Agri-Cultural landscapes have emerged over centuries reflecting Europe’s history. Dynamic conservation strategies and processed allow biodiversity and essential ecosystem services to be maintained thanks to continuous innovation, transfer between generations and exchange with other communities and ecosystems. The wealth and breadth of accumulated knowledge and experience in the management and use of resources is a globally significant treasure that needs to be promoted, conserved and allowed to evolve.
Landscape Architects can make a difference by adopting a holistic approach in planning, designing and managing multi functional agricultural landscapes and in applying scientific and aesthetic principles to address the sustainability, quality and health of landscapes, collective memory, heritage, culture and territorial justice (IFLA Definition of Landscape Architect).
As Landscape Architects:
- We believe that dynamic conservation strategies and processes could transform a current weakness into an opportunity to promote landscapes and communities through economic viability.
- We adopt a landscape approach that connects healthy food with healthy landscapes with community-driven processes replicated on a large scale.
- We establish a strong narrative with public and private stakeholders to reconnect them with their landscape identity and geographical characteristics.
- We promote ecologically based landscape planning by using regenerative agriculture management and support small holders and family farming.