IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE CONVENTION

The European Landscape Convention is an International treaty published in Florence on 2000 and signed by Spain on 2008:

“Apruebo y ratifico, prometiendo cumplirlo, observarlo y hacer que se cumpla y observe puntualmente en todas sus partes.”

The European Landscape Convention is he first and only international treaty focused exclusively on all aspects having to do with European landscapes. Aiming at the protection, management and planning of landscapes as well as at organizing the European cooperation among EU members and advising on its implementation and ongoing evaluation. The action framework includes all kind of landscapes: natural, semi-natural, rural, peri urban, and urban; all of it including well preserved landscapes and disturbed ones.

Countries that signed the European Landscape Convention agree to:
• Legally recognize Landscapes as a critical element of humanity, understood as a part of people’s cultural and natural heritage, and as a foundation for their identities.
• Define and implement policies on landscape protection, management and planning.
• Establish procedures of citizen engagement and participation, as well as local and enhancing regional and local involvement.
• Integrating landscape approach on regional and urban planning policies, which may impact direct or subsidiary on landscape.

“It is the first time that concepts as Cultural and Natural Heritage merge on an whole approach towards landscape. Furthermore, the European Landscape Convention introduces the social dimension of landscape and considers it as an element of wellbeing, regarding the relationship established between humans and the environment on which we dwell.”

In Spain, there are several regions that have laws and acts regarding Landscape Plans and strategies which define operational tools towards the implementation of the European Landscape Convention. Landscape Architects are professionals specifically trained in order to integrate a landscape approach on urban and regional planning, and the implementation of the European Landscape Convention at national, regional and local levels.

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