These 15th Workshops dedicated to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention were hosted by Turkey Urgup, on 1 and 2 October 2014 on the theme "Landscapes and sustainable economy."
Gerhard ERMISCHER, president of CIVILSCAPE, Head of the Landscape working group of the Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges and Patrice Collignon, director of the NGO Rural Affairs, Environmentand Development (RED), brought the testimony of the Committee and the Conference of INGOs on the subject
According to Gerhrard ERMISCHER, the landscape is the source of our identity and the mirror of society. Facing economic stress, the question is who has the authority and legitimacy to bring change, who has the right to decide the future of our landscapes? This is a highly political act but also very emotional.
For him, the European Landscape Convention points us to a path of co-operation between all the actors in the field, mainly the public administration and policy on one side and the civil society and NGOs on the other: because we need to work hand in hand in these fundamental matters for our future, not in total harmony and single mindedness, but in a well organized and moderated dialogue and permanent debate, an exchange of ideas and a competition for the best models for our future landscapes – and our future societies.
In his summary report, Patrice COLLIGNON said that in times of crisis, highlighting the links between landscape management and the business sector is essential to maintain the landscape in the major issues promoted by the States and the regions. Landscape is a significant element of the wealth of territories, a decisive incentive of attractivity for rural areas
He felt that the conference had shown by its many contributions that the landscape in its multifunctionality, could contribute to short-term economic territories, keeping in mind the importance of sustainable management, even to provide a quality of life and environmental quality for future generations.
Approaches to participatory governance around local development projects in his eyes showed their relevance for smart landscape management, he pleaded for the establishment of permanent consultation structures.
Texts on climate by the committee
Living together in multicultural societies : respect, dialogue, interaction