Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change

Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 14-15 March 2019

Photo: Seville, Andalusia, Spain



The 22nd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention on “Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change” was organised by the Council of Europe – Secretariat of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention, Directorate of Democratic Participation – in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Spain in partnership with the Region of Andalusia and the Municipality of Seville, within the framework of the Work Programme of the European Landscape Convention.


The Parties to the Convention undertake:

  • to recognise landscapes in law as 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;
  • to establish and implement landscape policies aimed at landscape protection, management and planning, through the adoption of the specific measures set out in Article 6 of the Convention ;
  • to establish procedures for the participation of the general public, local and regional authorities, and other parties with an interest in the definition and implementation of the landscape policies;
  • to integrate landscape into their regional and town planning policies and in their cultural, environmental, agricultural, social and economic policies, as well as in any other policies with possible direct or indirect impact on landscape.

Considering that the Convention includes “inland and maritime waters”, the Meeting focused on public policies concerning them. Attention was paid to policies concerning the management of water resources and the presence of water in the landscape.


The Meeting was aimed at government officers – members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), of the Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention, and representatives of other ministries –, representatives of local and regional authorities, professionals, academics, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, and other persons, working in the fields of landscape and sustainable development, with its environmental, cultural, social and economic dimensions. The number of participants was limited to 250.

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