The 19th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on "The implementation of the European Landscape Convention at local level: local democracy" is being organised in Brno, Czech Republic on 5-6 September 2017, by the Council of Europe – Directorate of Democratic Governance, Secretariat of the European Landscape Convention – in co-operation with the the Government of the Czech Republic.
For the purposes of the European Landscape Convention, ‘Landscape policy’ means “an expression by the competent public authorities of general principles, strategies and guidelines that permit the taking of specific measures aimed at the protection, management and planning of landscapes”.
The Meeting aims to present experiences of national policies adopted or being developed at local level, considering notably the provisions of its Article 5, which states that their Parties 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.