LANDSCAPE EUROPE is an interdisciplinary network of research institutes and individuals with expertise in landscape assessment, planning and management at the interface of policy implementation, education and state-of-the-art science in support of sustainable landscape.
LANDSCAPE EUROPE was created in Wageningen (Netherlands) in 2001, officially was founded on 4th October 2002 as Stichting LANDSCAPE EUROPE. Until October 2011 the coordination office for the LANDSCAPE EUROPE network was residing in Alterra (Netherlands). In 2011 the coordination office was passed to ILESAS (Slovakia). In the beginning of 2017 Stichting LANDSCAPE EUROPE was terminated, while a new legal entity - Civic Association LANDSCAPE EUROPE, registered in Slovakia (see Constitution of CA LANDSCAPE EUROPE), was established instead. In the beginning of 2017 the network had 9 members from 9 countries. The members are obliged to promote the aims of the Association (see below), to respect the Constitution as well as to respect adopted Internal Regulations.
The goals of LANDSCAPE EUROPE network are:
- To support interdisciplinary expertise in landscapes in Europe, grouping all disciplines related to landscape research.
- To promote international cooperation in Europe among groups and individual researchers in landscape research via electronic communication, conferences, seminars and joint projects and publications.
- To cooperate in education and learning in landscape research by organizing lectures, courses and summer schools and by developing electronic and printed publications on landscape research
- To disseminate knowledge of landscape research via LANDSCAPE EUROPE network website, publications and seminars designed for the public.
- To promote and coordinate the European approach in monitoring landscape and landscape changes and to monitor global trends and negative landscape impacts.
- To initiate and maintain active communication with business and policy-maker stakeholders by exchanging information on the landscape and its changes with land owners, users and decision-makers
- To influence both local and European planning and decision-making institutions to adopt integrated landscape assessment and planning using the participatory approach.