Landscape management is uniquely challenging in that it is embedded in environmental, economic, and social contexts. By sharing your work, you help other people to learn from your experiences in addressing these challenges, and you too can be inspired by the creative and insightful approaches others have found.
Now we invite you to use HERCULES Labs, browse the practices, and participate in this growing and exciting community by contributing your own examples of good landscape management.
Feature in our Landscape Stewardship Book
Two project members, Claudia Bieling and Tobias Plieninger, are editing a book: The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship, to be published by Cambridge University Press. We will select examples from the entries in HERCULES Labs to feature as case-study examples of good landscape management in this book. These entries will also feature individually on our Cultural Landscapes Blog, which we will use to highlight diverse and insightful examples of good landscape management.
These case study examples will show context, aims, and functioning of the approaches, and will end with concrete “lessons learnt” that are instructive for application elsewhere. Each case will be accompanied by a compelling photograph illustrating its particular example of landscape stewardship in practice.
About Landscape Stewardship
Broadly speaking landscape stewardship describes management practices, projects or processes, which are inclusive of a range of functions and values in that landscape and foster positive linkages between people and their environment. Examples of landscape stewardship could be:
- A heritage community that integrates features of the local long-term history into modern settlement development
- A farmers’ network dedicated to sustaining soil fertility by exchanging experiential knowledge via movies
- An artist’s initiative advocating sustainable human-nature relationships by offering sensory experiences with the local landscape.
To read more about the emerging field of landscape stewardship, have a look at some of our other blog posts on the topic. So go to HERCULES Labs to browse examples of good landscape practices, or contribute your own examples in the form directly below and help grow this resource for our landscape community. For any questions, comments about this blog post or about HERCULES Labs, you can contact us by email, or post a comment below.The information and views set out in this Cultural Landscapes Blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the HERCULES project nor the European Commission.
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