Today, urban and peri-urban areas are facing demographic changes, climate change issues, increasing economic constraints, environmental challenges…
As partners of EUROSCAPES we have the ambitious objective of offering a new management model for these landscapes, as a milestone policy instrument to implement the European Landscape Convention treaty objectives. We have identified complementarities in our tools, practices and policy instruments to deal with landscape management. We will refine these complementarities, exchange and transfer good practices with a scientific support and use these good practices to feed the Landscapes Management Plan (LMP) we will develop.
LMP are based on an environmental, quality and economical approach in the maintenance and management of our natural and cultural landscapes. They will integrate important education and sensitization dimensions and take into account the territorial strategy, urban master plans etc.
The project rests on three main innovative aspects
- The areas concerned – natural and cultural landscapes in urban and peri-urban areas (green spaces like gardens, parks, squares… but also paths, riversides, deprived landscapes etc.) – are not well taken into account in planning and protecting instruments today and not in a coherent and sustainable way.
- The approach is based on a global strategic plan using the differentiated management methodology.
- Partners have all committed to jointly develop a Landscapes Management Plan, as a new model of sustainable and integrated management strategy, which will be based on the good practices analysed and exchanged.
Approach and methodology
The work will be organized as follows
- Identifying and exchanging good practices by different means: presentations during thematic seminars, study visits, bilateral exchanges, interventions of external experts, comparison of local studies and the setting-up of a “LANDSCAPES network” gathering practitioners, policy makers with a board of researchers/pole of expertise. Thematic seminars will be host by 7 different partners and automatically combined with study visits. Bilateral exchanges, either real or virtual, will take place.
- Analysis of the good practices and more in-depth exchanges between partners’ specialist officers through workshop sessions organized around the following themes: typologies, inventories and diagnosis tools/ green & blue spaces landscapes/ built and cultural heritage landscapes/ sensitization & community involvement actions/ GIS & other e-tools.
- Development of a common framework for landscapes management plan (LMP) taking into account the relevant good practices identified to integrate in it. Then each partner develops its own landscapes management plan (further details below).
- Assessment and improvement of the management plans using criteria identified in previous projects and adapted to our typology of landscapes (each partner develop or improve its own management plan).
- Coordinated by the pole of expertise, partners work on a common analysis of their landscapes’ management plans to produce a transferable publication with a model of LMP and policy recommendations.
- In parallel to all these activities, dissemination and communication will be organized (events, website, multimedia and printed materials, local infodays, and publications).
Landscapes’ management plan approach
It is first a coherent territorial strategy that should either be linked or integrated to main planning and environmental policies’ documents. It is a quality approach that involves and helps practitioners and on-site workers as it leads to the elaboration of differentiated action plans (for the different types of landscapes) and specification sheets. It comprises different phases (diagnosis, definition of action plans, implementation of action plans and evaluation). The whole documents produced in the framework of this LMP can be linked to a geographical information system (GIS) or similar e-tools. This management plan will come along with training sessions and an educational and communication plan in order to improve work methods and to sensitize practitioners but also the whole population to this new quality and sustainable approach.
(January 2010 – January 2013)
2 217 400 €
partly financed by the European Union
Objectives of the project
- to exchange operational instruments and tools to better manage natural and cultural landscapes in urban and peri-urban areas ; to exchange and develop territorial sustainable landscapes’ management plans including policy recommendations and education and sensitization plans;
- to develop a common model of sustainable landscapes’ management strategy transferable to any local authorities competent in this field;
- to actively involve practitioners (on the ground workers in charge of managing these landscapes) in the exchange, as well as relevant policy makers for each partner.
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