Specific proposals to national and regional public authorities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention through the promotion of landscape education in primary and secondary schools

Landscape Dimensions - Reflections and proposals for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

Annalisa Calcagno Maniglio, April 2017

Annalisa Calcagno Maniglio, architect and landscape architect, professor emeritus of landscape architecture and representative of Italy at the 2nd Conference of the Contracting and Signatory States to the European Landscape Convention in Strasbourg in November 2002, has written a comprehensive analysis of landscape and education as part of the « Dimensions of Landscape » study commissioned by the Council of Europe.

The « special measures » (Article 6.B) set out by the European Landscape Convention concern the aspects that each Party undertakes to promote: « school and university teaching in the relevant disciplines on the values attached to landscape and on issues relating to its protection, management and planning ». The main aim of these measures is to persuade administrators to adopt the methods and instruments needed to integrate the landscape dimension into school (and university) curricula, providing knowledge of landscapes, their values, characteristics and evolutionary processes in their various social, ecological and economic dimensions, with a view to making a better contribution to their sustainable development. The European Landscape Convention seeks to precede the necessary and important work of raising public awareness of the landscape dimension with training and education in schools and universities at European level, « addressing, in the relevant disciplines, the values attached to landscapes and the issues relating to their protection, management and planning ». Following the observations contained in the conclusions of this report, it is advisable to send the competent national and regional authorities a short list of proposals which may meet the provisions and objectives of Article 6 of the European Landscape Convention:


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