The UK Government has signed the European Landscape Convention, which aims ‘to promote landscape protection, management and planning’ and commits the signatories to integrate landscape into land use planning, involve the public in landscape issues, protect outstanding landscapes through national landscape laws and policies, raise awareness through education and the assessment of landscapes and co-operate at a European level.
If, as expected, Parliament ratifies the convention it could come into force later this year. Twenty other European nations have already ratified the treaty and a further twelve have signed it but have yet to ratify it. Further information can be found on the Council of Europe’s website (here).
(from Salon 135: 27 February 2006)