Organised in the framework of the Presidency of Hungary of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe 11th Conference on the European Landscape Convention (26-27 May 2021 - online) was to present to the member States of the Organisation the state of progress of the Work Programme of the Convention and to deal with questions concerning its implementation.
The European Landscape Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 July 2000 in Strasbourg and opened for signature of the Member States of the Organisation in Florence (Italy) on 20 October 2000, with the aims to promote landscape protection, management and planning, and to organise international co-operation. It is the first international treaty to be exclusively devoted to all aspects of landscape. It is the first international treaty exclusively dedicated to all dimensions of landscape: environmental, social, cultural and economic.
The Convention applies to the entire territory of the Parties and concerns both remarkable and everyday landscapes and degraded landscapes. It makes an important contribution to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s objectives in the field of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and to the search for solutions to major societal issues.
To date, 40 Council of Europe Member States have ratified the Convention. Opened for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe and for accession by the European Union and the European non-member States, the Convention will also be open for accession by non-European States in a near future (following the entry into force of a Protocol amending the Convention, on 1st July 2021).