The Common Agricultural
Policy and Europe's living landscapes: cultural heritage as a force for
farmed landscapes of Europe have developed through many centuries of interaction
between people and nature and they continue to evolve. As well as supporting
important natural assets and resources, these living landscapes also provide
a vital repository of the European cultural inheritance in the form of
historic features, archaeology, traditional buildings, distinctive settlements,
and local customs, traditions and produce. Together they provide the diversity,
beauty and sense of place that defines the European countryside.
common European landscape inheritance is important for its own sake but
also has the potential to benefit rural communities; to generate jobs and
wealth; to attract inward investment; to foster a sense of European, national
and local identity; and to promote social cohesion.
farmed cultural landscapes should therefore be recognised as an important
public good, a powerful force to promote successful rural development and
an invaluable asset supporting regeneration, growth and economic recovery.
joint statement on the future direction of the Common Agricultural Policy
has been issued (July 2010)
a coalition of leading non-governmental organisations concerned with the
European landscape, cultural heritage, rural tourism and rural communities.
by Europae Archaeologiae Consilium, Europa Nostra, the European Association
of Archaeologists, the European Council for the Village and Small Town,
the European Federation of Farm and Village Tourism, the International
Association Rurality-Environment-Development (R.E.D.) and the Rural Investment
Support for Europe (RISE) Foundation.
we believe it be imperative that a continuing rural development policy
and budget are available to ensure a sustainable balance between food production
and the effective stewardship of the cultural and natural landscape and
that CAP policy should continue to evolve to ensure the delivery of adequate
environmental, social and cultural benefits for public investment.