Special Issue "Landscape Planning and Management in Europe: Methods, Tools and Approaches"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: landscape planning; cultural heritage; urban and regional planning; urban and territorial policies; urban renewal and regeneration
Interests: smart cities; urban and regional planning; participatory processes; cultural heritage; smart tourism; urban governance; urban policies
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Interests: urban and regional planning; landscape planning; cultural heritage; ecosystem services; land use planning; urban regeneration
Landscape has become a key issue for urban and regional planning after the 2000 European Landscape Convention (ELC), which defines it “as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors of a territory”. We refer to a complex concept that involves environmental, cultural, and social factors belonging to different types of natural and urban landscapes. It is the task of public institutions to identify the specific characteristics of a landscape and to assess the natural and cultural values shared by local communities. Through spatial planning, landscape quality objectives are defined and linked to a set of actions for the enhancement, conservation, and regeneration of the landscape. In the European countries that have signed and ratified the ELC, different policies and planning tools have been adopted as well as different methods of landscape quality assessment. In Italy, the 2004 Code for Cultural Heritage and Landscape underlines the status of landscape as a public good, whose protection and conservation is up to the central state which, together with the regional authorities, defines policies and strategies for its valorization and recovery into Regional Landscape Plans (RLPs). Landscape planning is therefore a tool for the development and application of successful landscape strategies, policies, and projects to improve the quality of life of the local communities in urban or rural contexts. An important innovation concerns the attempt to overcome the binding and regulatory approach, usually focused on protection constraints, in order to generate a high awareness about the identity value of the territorial capital and to encourage a democratic community involvement in the development of conservation and enhancement policies. The ELC introduces innovative planning tools but also aims to stimulate changes in the institutional and legislative framework, not only at regional and national levels, but also at local ones. While on the one hand, municipal administrations have acquired greater awareness of the role of the landscape as a driving factor for the socioeconomic development of the territory, on the other side, they find considerable difficulties in the implementation of strategies and actions at closest local level due to the ineffectiveness of municipal urban plans to determine real effects in the landscape regeneration. This Special Issue focuses on the methods and criteria to transfer the landscape quality objectives from the territorial level—usually the regional one—to the most suitable local scale for the management and governance of the landscape in its different forms. Landscape planning also acts on the wide range of ecosystem services that are fundamental to human wellbeing and are under pressure from economic, social, and environmental changes in addition to unsustainable land use. Once again, this issue is most clearly evident on a local scale and requires addressing through an integrated approach to spatial planning in relation to urban and landscape aspects.
This Special Issue encourages contributions on the topic of landscape planning and management, related (but not limited) to the discussion of different methods, tools, and approaches or experiences on the national and international scale. Theoretical and methodological papers as well as case studies are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Colavitti
Prof. Dr. Chiara Garau
Dr. Sergio Serra
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- Landscape planning theories
- Landscape planning tools
- Landscape analysis methods
- Landscape quality objectives
- Local landscape strategies
- Assessment of ecological and landscape values
- Regional landscape planning
- Landscape observatory
- Landscape management
- Landscape regeneration
- Landscape in the local planning
- Public participation
- Ecosystem services
- Cultural heritage
- Green infrastructures
- Sustainable land use