Green management plans for European urban and peri.. (EUROSCAPES)
Green management plans for European urban and peri-urban Landscapes
Date du début: 31 déc. 2009,
Date de fin: 30 déc. 2012
EUROSCAPES is a shared vision of 14 partners coming from 13 EU Member States on the necessity to tackle natural and cultural landscapes' management issues in urban and peri-urban areas at an interregional level and in a sustainable way. In dense and contrasting urban environments, tackling the concept of landscapes and its related issues will prevent their loss of specificity and identity, and help to make best use of these areas. In urban and peri-urban areas facing demographic changes, climate change issues, increasing economic constraints, environmental challenges… exchanges of good practices and expertise will help regional and local authorities to be more efficient in protecting, maintaining and enhancing their natural and cultural landscapes in a sustainable way. Partners of EUROSCAPES have the ambitious objective of offering a new management model for these landscapes, as a milestone policy instrument to implement the European Landscape Convention treaty objectives.Partners of the project have identified complementarities in their tools, practices and policy instruments to deal with landscape management. They will refine these complementarities, exchange and transfer good practices with a scientific support and use these good practices to feed the Landscapes Management Plan (LMP) they will develop: new approach meabt to become a real public policy at the regional/local level. These LMP are based on an environmental, quality and economical approach in the maintenance and management of our natural and cultural landscapes. They will integrate important education and sensitization dimensions and take into account the territorial strategy, urban master plans etc. The Project will produce a Handbook of good practices and a Policy recommendation paper on the LMP approach as main outputs. The main results of the project will be improved local/regional landscapes management practices & policy instruments and a more sustainable living environment.The project rests on three main innovative aspects. The areas concerned – natural and cultural landscapes in urban and peri-urban areas (green spaces like gardens, parks, squares… but also paths, riversides, deprived landscapes etc.) – are not well taken into account in planning and protecting instruments today and not in a coherent and sustainable way. Secondly the approach is based on a global strategic plan using the differentiated management methodology (to be environmentally responsible, different kinds of management are defined for different kinds of landscapes identified based on their use and quality). Thirdly partners have all committed to jointly develop a Landscapes Management Plan, as a new model of sustainable and integrated management strategy, which will be based on the good practices analysed and exchanged. Achievements: The EUROSCAPES project gathering 14 partners from 13 European countries on sustainable management of landscapes is reaching the end after 3 years of fruitful collaboration. In the first 6 months of project implementation, partners’ identified their objectives and expectations and developed a common understanding of their specific landscapes. They worked on a common methodology to develop landscapes management plans (LMPs) based on environmental, quality & economical approaches with a special focus on sensitization dimensions. The first draft of this common methodology has been prepared during the Trikala seminar held in June 2011. 9 thematic seminars have been organised so far, enabling partners to exchange, learn from specific landscape management practices & tools presented by others. After the launching event in France, a seminar in Poland on the “Management of green monuments within the urban area” and one in the Canary Islands on “LMPs and protected area” were organised in 2010. Then, a seminar took place in London in February 2011 on “Making green spaces work within dense urban areas” enabling partners to meet the planners of the 2012 Olympic site and to learn from the landscape management plan linked to it, as well as from the East London green belt model. Another seminar was held in Greece in June 2011 on “GIS and e-tools as efficient approach for the management activities on landscapes”. Partners exchanged on different possible uses of GIS linked to an LMP. After a seminar in Viterbo (Italy) in October 2011 on the theme “Historical and cultural heritage: tools and methodologies”, another seminar was organised by Granollers (Spain) in March 2012 on the “integration of management tools in the LMP framework”. And, Loures (Portugal) organised an international event on “Landscape Management of peri-urban areas: active agriculture and land abandonment” in May 2012.To finish, the Sigulda seminar in June 2012 was the last partnership meeting to finalize the common work. Partners have identified and exchanged some good practices to insert in or improve their LMPs. So far, 29 good practices have been identified. The Italian partner from DATA started preparing an extensive study on the submitted best practices. Some partners have also prepared GIS good practice sheets linked to the use of GIS for LMP development and management. The lead partner (LP) synthesized all this GIS good practices in a global GIS methodology which will be integrated in the best practices final publication. Partners also worked intensively on their LMPs. During the seminars some workshops were dedicated to governance issues, LMP implementation and a work in groups to help each other to improve their LMP. The UK partner from London Thames Gateway Partnership presented the first completed LMP. The other partners are close to finalise their documents.Two experts, Deni Ruggeri and Anne Jaluzot, who attended the London seminar, have been chosen in order to prepare the common LMP methodology and to detail their findings on the Euroscapes project. The work on final publications has made good progress. The final conference has also being prepared by the LP and will be held on October 25 & 26th 2012 in the Val Maubuée (France). Reports and presentations of the thematic seminars have been regularly uploaded on the project website, where information on relevant events or documentation on sustainable landscape management is also published. Five newsletters have been prepared and disseminated. Half of the partners have organized local info days to inform the population and involve local stakeholders in the project, which is a key element of an LMP development. At least, EUROSCAPES has also improved its collaboration with the PERIURBAN Parks project via exchanges on common issues and the attendance to their Brussels seminar in February 2012.
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