Last Wednesday, treaty participants, NGO representatives and landscape experts attended a conference on the European Landscape Convention in Strasbourg. The Convention, which came into force on March 1, 2004, is the first international treaty focused on promoting protection, management, and planning in all aspects of the European landscape. 30 states have ratified the Convention thus far, and 19 others have either signed or hold observer status.
The conference examined the progress of the Convention in emphasizing “landscape” as the quality of a person’s surroundings. Several successful examples of landscape projects were noted, including trans-frontier workshops in Wallonia, Spain, Italy, and England, and the integration of Convention principles into law and policies in Italy.
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