Check out the Agenda & Register now for the final conference of HERCULES project: Sustainable Futures for Europe’s Heritage in Cultural Landscapes: Applying a landscape approach to land-use science and policy
October 4, 2016 09:00-13:00 Résidence Palace – International Press Centre rue de la Loi 155 C, 1040 Brussels and afternoon workshop: Managing cultural landscapes for multiple societal values: Insights from the European HERCULES project October 4, 2016 14:30-18:00 Committee of the Regions Room JDE 53, Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels —
Register now and join us to debate the future of European landscapes and social challenges.
The adoption of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) has attracted attention from the sciences, policy makers and the general public but it has not yet managed to effect the formulation of common solutions to the main challenges facing European society today. The HERCULES project has underlined the importance of applying an holistic, multi-scalar and inter-disciplinary approach to effective research and understanding of rural landscapes in Europe. The next step would be to apply a ‘landscape approach’ to support their long term sustainability, i.e. respecting and enabling their inherent dynamics, cultural specificities and multi-agency nature. Having a landscape approach at the centre of policy and governance models will be a more effective way of accommodating and managing the competition and interdependencies for natural resources and ecosystem services among the Sustainable Development Goals and among land users. Governance and policy need to take into account the human factors at work in the landscape as well as the biophysical, in addition to the culture(s) of the people living and working within it. The conference will comprise of two panel discussions; one addressed by Sara Scherr, President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners, and the other by Guy Robinson, Editor of the journal Land Use Policy.