World Rural Landscapes

 

L’International Committee of Cultural Landscape ICOMOS-IFLA (ISCCL) ha lanciato l’iniziativa World Rural Landscapes, quale occasione di approfondimento e confronto fra gli studiosi e gli operatori che si occupano a vario titolo del paesaggio agrario come patrimonio storico e culturale.

L’iniziativa risponde ai principi stabiliti nella Florence Declaration on Landscape (PDF) (UNESCO, 2012) che richiede di “…rafforzare la consapevolezza globale sulla necessità di salvaguardare e migliorare i paesaggi come elemento integrante dei processi di sviluppo sostenibile; condividere le informazioni e rendere disponibili le competenze, stabilire partenariati efficaci“.

World Rural Landscapes mira a promuovere la cooperazione a livello mondiale nella protezione, la comprensione e la gestione dei paesaggi rurali attraverso la creazione di uno spazio per la collaborazione internazionale. Questo spazio ha lo scopo di consentire alle diverse istituzioni e parti interessate a: lo scambio di esperienze e conoscenze e il rafforzamento del valore dei paesaggi rurali di qualità in base alle loro peculiarità locali e alla conoscenza e gli usi tradizionali.

 


 

The International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA (ISCCL) has launched the initiative World Rural Landscapes, which perfectly adjusts to the principles established in the Florence Declaration 2012 which request to: “strengthen the global awareness on the need to safeguard and improve landscapes as an integral element of sustainable development processes; share information and make expertise available; establish effective partnerships”.This initiative aims to promote worldwide cooperation in the protection, understanding and management of rural landscapes through the creation of a space for international collaboration. This space is meant to allow different institutions and stakeholders to:

  •  exchange experiences and knowledge
  •  to reinforce the great worth of quality rural landscapes based on their local peculiarities and on the traditional knowledge and uses (with future projection through the application of new technologies).
Objectives

The objectives of the Initiative are as follows:

  •  Define a concept of rural landscape, valid for all cultures, in order to enable a common dialogue.
  •  Establish general principles about knowledge, conservation and management of these landscapes to ensure the safeguard of its values.
  •  Provide a space for international, public-private and interdisciplinary cooperation, through the creation and administration of: a website, an online workspace and a collaborative network. This space is meant to encourage the collaborative work on a common strategy and the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences.
  •  Promote the collaboration between associations and local stakeholders all over the world, and enhance the projection of their initiatives and knowledge towards other spheres of land and heritage planning and legislation.
  •  Act to prevent the loss of traditional knowledge ​​and local values, and reinforce their importance by recognizing and disseminating them.
  •  Promote research on issues related with the conservation and management of rural landscapes and encourage the development of practical actions.
  • Propagate the Initiative through the Web and by means of the collaboration of international institutions.
  • Raise people and stakeholders’ awareness on the importance of safeguarding rural landscapes and their values.
Contents

The contents of the Initiative are to be embodied in:

  •  A General Document that structures the initiative. It encompasses at least: a definition of rural landscape, the principles governing the initiative and operational and methodological guidelines.
  • A series of Annexes to the General Document. Those will include among others: an overview of the state of rural landscapes in the world, specific studies on topics or regions, and a glossary of key terms.
  • A Web for collaboration and dissemination of the Initiative, which will be associated to a web workspace, and a collaborative network.
  • Actions focused on raising international interest in the Initiative
Work structure

General coordination: Lionella Scazzosi, Politecnico di Milano, PaRID

Scientific and Organizational Secretariat: Raffaella Laviscio, Politecnico di Milano, PaRID

Working group: The ISCCL members who have already expressed their interest in the initiative: Saul Alcantara, Marc Antrop, Margherita Azzi Visentini ,Gity Behbahani,  Juan De Orellana, Herman van den Bossche, Peter Goodchild, Jane Lennon; Fran Han,  Annalisa Maniglio Calcagno, Diane Menzel,  Nora Mitchell , Juliet Ramsay, Darwina Neal, Pierre-Marie Tricaud; Expert with special experiences and international contacts as Committee Presidents: Carmen Anon, Luigi Zangheri, Monica Luengo; Other Experts

Collaborative Network: It is open to associations, institutions, universities, local stakeholders, etc

 Supporters (Sponsors, Partners, Auspices): international organizations (UNESCO,  World Heritage Centre; FAO; Council of Europe; Euromed, Human Heritage, European Union, ICCROM, IFLA,…), public administrative bodies and others stakeholder (institutions, organizations, cultural bodies, associations) who are willing to support ISCCL’s action, either at an International, National or other level.