Landscape chiefs across Europe met this week to scrutinise the European Landscape Convention as A two-day conference in Cardiff explored ways of protecting, managing and assessing landscapes in the run up to the Government’s decision to back or to turn its back on the initiative.
The EU invited countries to sign up to the convention in 2000 and several have already done so. It aims to encourage local and central government to take on policies to protect outstanding and less noted open spaces.
Feedback from the conference, supported by the Landscape Institute, will be used to form a report with guidelines on sound practice in landscape assessment. Speakers tackled blending landscape information with social and economic data and issues of sustainability
“The conference runs against the backdrop of an imminent decision by the UK government on whether to sign up to the convention,” said the Landscape Institute. “The convention raises the profile of landscape within political and socio-economic arenas.”
A follow-up conference is due in England around May 2004, by which time the Government should have decided on whether to sign up to the convention, reckons the institute. Delegates to the conference toured landmarks such as Brecon Beacons National Park and Blaenavon industrial landscape, a world heritage site.
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