Veerle Van Eetvelde, Ghent University, Department of Geography, Belgium &
Edwin Raap, Cultural Heritage Agency, The Netherlands

Keywords: European landscapes, science, policy, practice, societal challenges

Since the introduction of the European Landscape Convention in 2000 and the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage to Society in 2005, the reciprocal relation of landscape and heritage is becoming clearer and better understood by scholars, policy makers and practitioners. Landscape and cultural heritage are mutually supportive and in conjunction they offer a way to realize the social and economic benefits of both. Landscape, as a pluralistic and inclusive concept, can provide a framework within which heritage can be differently understood. The topic was discussed during the conferences organized by the CHeriScape project, a landscape-focused network funded as part of the transnational pilot call of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage. In the CHeriScape project the relation between landscape and heritage was put on the agenda through the themes of research, policy, community building, global change and the future (website

However, to promote landscape as a global frame and a way of thinking (from local to universal, personal to collective, tangible and intangible – for all kinds of landscapes), one needs to develop good key messages to be used by different scientific disciplines from both natural and social sciences as well as by policy makers and practitioners. Since we believe in the power of case studies, this session aims to bring together good practices of bridging landscape and heritage. The best practices can range from examples, through research and policies, to tackling different challenges (global change, renewable energy, tourism, abandonment, community building, new ways of communication, among others). Through the case studies we want to address the following questions: How can landscape be considered as a tool to develop the vision of the Faro Convention? How can we deliver integrated messages - new ways and perspectives - from landscape and culture heritage? How to raise awareness for the area-wide heritage dimension of landscape (going beyond the protected areas)?

This open session wants to collect and exchange experiences, case studies and good practices of landscape and heritage from all over Europe. The papers presented by the participants will give input to the overall discussion to come up with a list of take-home and key messages to be used in future landscape and heritage projects on different scales.


Agosti, Chiara; Tartaglia, Andrea; Mussinelli Elena & Cerati, Davide:
Experimental projects to integrate landscape and cultural heritage in rural areas

Bastiaens, Jan; Van der Veken, Bas; Huyghe, Natalie; Steenhoudt, Joris; Van den Berghe, Jan; Van Gils, Marijn & Vancampenhout, Karen:
A pop-up information panel bringing soils and archaeology to the public: nature meets heritage (Landschap de Liereman, Flanders, Belgium)

Born, Karl Martin:
Landscape descriptions and guidebooks.Which landscapes? Whose landscapes? Whose perceptions and interpretations

Castiglioni, Benedetta:
Raising awareness on landscape as cultural heritage: theresults of an educational project in the pre-Alpine valleyof Canale di Brenta, north-east Italy

Garcia Martin, Maria:
Participatory mapping of landscape values in a pan-Eu-ropean perspective. Methods to foster landscape steward-ship

Greenberg, Zeevik:
‘Kids demarcate the boundaries of space’ – An interpretative analysis of photos of children from a rural settlementin the last century

Quaglia, Chiara:
Landscape as heritage: ‘values’ and ‘circumstances’ in the institutional processes of landscape identification in the Venetian area

Raatikainen, Kaisa J. & Barron, Elizabeth S.:
Landowner subjectivities reveal socio-ecological complex-ity in management of traditional rural biotopes

Skowronek, Ewa & Brzezińska-Wójcik,Teresa:
Promotion of traditional crafts and landscape based onthe example of the history of stonework centres in Józe-fów and Brusno (Roztocze, Poland)

Salerno, Rossella & Villa, Daniele:
Communicating and sharing cultural landscapes: an Alpine experience

Woestenburg, Martin:
The Heathland Farm: managing nature with extensive agriculture, managing heathlands as live heritage

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