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Europe needs participation in Landscape issues

A say on their landscapes

01.07.2013 | It is evident that citizens of democratic countries expect to have a say on their landscapes. Yet, sometimes, from the citizens’ perception there is a lack of communication and information about European policies and their impact on their daily landscape. Often they feel being in similar situations that people faced during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. However, the lessons learned from this must clearly be proven by taking the ecological or social and economic needs, which are of importance for the European policies, in consideration. While European policies will in many ways, effect the daily landscape of the people, it should use the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) as an appropriate and acknowledged instrument. The fact that the European Union should sign the ELC was one key question that the participants have raised during several events.

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We are the landscape people!

CIVILSCAPE is an international association of civil society organizations. These are non-governmental organisations (NGO) which dedicate their work to landscape protection, management and planning, according to the “European Landscape Convention” (Florence, October 20th 2000).

CIVILSCAPE founders in front of Villa Carregi, Florence

“Landscape” means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors. Therefore our activities covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas. It includes land, inland water and marine areas. It concerns landscapes that might be considered outstanding as well as everyday or degraded landscapes. “Landscapes” are an essential component of people’s surroundings, an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage, and a foundation of their identity.

CIVILSCAPE is dedicated to creating an enabling environment for civil society organizations, documenting the civil society organizations community, strengthening the infrastructure of the citizen sector , and promoting collaboration, both among civil society organizations and between civil society organizations, political or administrative bodies and other actors, to advance the public good in Europe and beyond.



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