Council of Europe Plenary Session of the Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) 10th, 12th – 13th November 2020
Council of Europe Plenary Session of the Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) took place on 10th, 12th – 13th November 2020. It opened with references to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic particularly on cultural and creative sectors, referenced the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights Convention and received a summary of the current and future work of the European Landscape Convention. It wasreported that the effects of the pandemic on the culture and creative sectors had been especially felt in the domain of tourism.
Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Executive Secretary for the European Convention, presented the report on this year’s activities which were badly affected by COVID-19. Council of Europe’s European Landscape Convention celebrated its 20th birth day on the 20th October, a day also adopted for the International Landscape Day. The Convention, which is effectively has now been ratified by 40 states, parties to the Convention. The Workshop, planned to take place in Lausanne was themed on ‘The integration of landscape into sectoral policies’, is particularly relevant to landscape architects who play a key role in helping to determine policy at local, regional and national level. The ‘Lausanne Declaration’ which was symbolically adopted will be brought to the attention of the stakeholders of the landscape, as a contribution to the implementation of the United Nations General Assembly’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The participants urged the Parties to the European Landscape Convention, and other States
1.To systematically integrate the landscape dimension into policies which may have a direct or indirect impact on the quality of the landscape, in accordance with the provisions of the Convention;
2.To ensure thus that the policies of spatial and town planning, policies concerning infrastructure, water management, energy, the economy and employment, as well as environmental, agricultural, social, health, cultural and tourism policies, take into consideration the values and functions of the landscape;
3.To consider that integration concerns both the administrative bodies and departments on the same level (horizontal integration) and those belonging to different levels (vertical
Full report prepared by Michael Oldham, IFLA Europe Honorary Member and Member of Council of Europe Working Group available here