The European Landscape Convention was adopted in 2000 in Florence and came into force in 2004. 27 countries, among them Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark obliged themselves to acknowledge the importance of landscape protection in their legislation, raise public awareness of landscape problems and promote international cooperation in this field. Far too few of these postulates have been realised so far.
Degradation of naturally and culturally unique landscapes is increasingly taking place in many regions of the South Baltic area. Landscape fragmentation, improper land management, chaotic and out-of-style building patterns are widespread, while public awareness of the importance of landscape protection is generally low. Still, some countries have developed more effective patterns for landscape planning and management than others.
LIFEscape project joined forces of landscape planners - experts and practitioners from Poland, Lithuania Sweden and Denmark to share their experience and work out innovative managerial solutions best suited for each region.