In order to bring together different stakeholders, including policy makers, farmers, practitioners, scientists, NGOs and industry to ensure that all perspectives are considered both at EU and study landscape level HERCULES will host a series of workshops entitled A Dialogue for Landscape Action.
The 1st Stakeholder Workshop at the EU Level, organized by the European Landowners’ Organization, entitled European Cultural Landscapes at a Crossroads, will take place on the 23rd of May. The workshop will highlight the ongoing transformation of cultural landscapes as a result of increased rural abandonment, intensification of land-use and urbanisation. These changes threaten the ability of cultural landscapes to continue to deliver the many services they provide such as heritage values and cultural identity. In addition to that, the workshop will invite participants to express their views on how a research project like HERCULES can be as practice- and policy relevant as possible.
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Sustainable Futures for Europe’s Heritage in Cultural Landscapes, commonly known as HERCULES, is a 3-year project funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, with 13 partners involved. The project promotes sustainable management and good landscape practices through public and private cooperation, as these cultural landscapes offer tremendous value for their contribution to Europe’s historical and natural heritage, for their aesthetic and recreational scenery, as well as for the ecosystem services they provide. However, such landscapes are subject to the dangers generated by increased rural abandonment, intensification of land-use and urbanisation. Developed around nine regional study landscapes, the HERCULES project will result in the elaboration of a set of landscape policy recommendations at EU level, which will provide policy makers and practitioners with up-to-date information to guide effective decision-making on how to protect heritage in cultural landscapes.
For more information, please refer to the HERCULES website at www.hercules-landscapes.eu