IFLA Europe and its members celebrate the Council of Europe INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE DAY 20 October!
Today we celebrate LANDSCAPE DAY! The International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe is celebrated on 20 October, the day of the opening of the European Landscape Convention for signature. The European Landscape Convention is the first international treaty to be exclusively concerned with all aspects of landscape:natural, rural, urban and peri-urban. It represents an important contribution to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s objectives.
By taking into account the value of landscapes, with their natural and human components, the Council of Europe acknowledges that the landscape is an important part of the quality of life for people everywhere: in degraded areas as well as in areas of high quality, in areas recognised as being of outstanding beauty as well as everyday areas. The convention was adopted on 20 October 2000 in Florence (Italy) and came into force on 1 March 2004 (Council of Europe Treaty Series no. 176).
Landscape is indivisible from culture and heritage; it affects every aspect of our daily lives. It is not simply where we are and what we see, it defines us by the way we respond to our environment, and it reflects what we are in terms of our culture and heritage. It is precisely why the Council of Europe groups culture, heritage, and landscape together. This relationship is particularly clear in Europe. The complex interaction of topography, climate, soils, vegetation, agricultural practices, cuisine, religion, and more, for example, help to define the Mediterranean culture as being markedly different from that of the Alpine culture.
The Landscape Convention has been proved to be a valuable tool in many European countries sensitising citizens and the young generation about their landscape, helping them to protect it, influencing governmental bodies about its importance and the urgent need to access and evaluate their landscape and landscape heritage.
The Landscape Convention has also already influenced many countries in the world outside the Council of Europe at policy, academia, and local level. The Convention is the only globally accepted tool that formally recognises landscape as important to civilisation.
IFLA Europe and its 34 members join in celebration of this important date!
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