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Lobbying activity leads to landscape policy update

ELC logoThe European Landscape Convention of the Council of Europe, also known as the Florence Convention, is the first international treaty to be exclusively devoted to all aspects of European landscape. It applies to the entire territory and covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas.

The Convention provides an important contribution to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s objectives, namely to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law and to seek common solutions to the main problems facing European society today. By developing such a territorial culture, the Council of Europe seeks to promote quality of life and well-being.

european policy imageThe European Landscape Convention introduced a Europe-wide concept centring on the quality of landscape protection, management and planning and covering the entire territory, not just outstanding landscapes. Through its ground-breaking approach and its broader scope, it complements the Council of Europe’s and UNESCO’s heritage conventions.

The Council of Europe has been responsible for activities related to the convention. These have been highlighted in the GEOLAND European policy report. However Council of Europe activity appeared to have been suspended since 2022.

Based on interaction with officials at the Council of Europe,  project members have been informed that cooperation activities relating to the Council of Europe’s Landscape Convention are currently being relaunched.

This positive development is mainly due to the priorities defined at the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Reykjavik, 16-17 May 2023).

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