Culture, Heritage and Diversity

The European Landscape Convention

As a reflection of European identity and diversity, the landscape is our living natural and cultural heritage, be it ordinary or outstanding, urban or rural, on land or in water.


The European Landscape Convention - also known as the Florence Convention, - promotes the protection, management and planning of European landscapes and organises European co-operation on landscape issues. The convention was adopted on 20 October 2000 in Florence (Italy) and came into force on 1 March 2004 (Council of Europe Treaty Series no. 176). It is open for signature by member states of the Council of Europe and for accession by the European Community and European non-member states. It is the first international treaty to be exclusively concerned with all dimensions of European landscape. (more...)


About the Convention


European Landscape Convention and reference documents

Text of the Convention | Linguistic versions

 Explanatory report | Linguistic versions

Guidelines for the implementation of the Convention | Linguistic versions

Parties to the Convention



Reference texts of the Council of Europe about landscape
Publications of the Council of Europe

Convention leaflet

Futuropa magazines


Meetings of the Convention



National seminars

Working groups



Landscape Award

Award sessions

Rules of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe | Linguistic versions


Council of Europe Landscape Observatory

Compendium of national data

National implementation

Logo designed and offered to the Council of Europe by Alberto Floridi, Italian Architect, 2006


14th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (Wroclaw, Poland, 12-13 June 2014)

Calendar 2014



Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape website


Related activities

Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for regional/spatial planning (CEMAT)


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