Posters are an integral part of CHeriScape conferences. Proposals (by individuals or groups) should be submitted using the template provided at www.cheriscape.eu and below this call, in a 350 word abstract in English. Finished abstracts can be send to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 10th of April 2015 (EXTENDED TILL 24th of April). The poster proposals can describe an innovative or recent project or idea within the fields of landscape, heritage, policy and conservation. The discussion session(s) dedicated to the posters will be chaired by a CHeriScape team member in relation to the conference themes and posters should therefore fit in with one of the three themes described below:
- Session 1: Landscape and Social Equity
- Session 2: Landscape Services and Local Communities
- Session 3: Landscape and Community Development
One of the strongest ties that bind landscape and heritage is their relationship to people, individually but above all in communities of various sorts. Communities can be defined by place or by interest, or (as in the Faro Convention) by heritage. Heritage and landscape are key issues in local society. One of the substantive and oldest meanings of landscape is that of community, a shared territory, a body of custom. The third CHeriScape conference will therefore take ‘community’ as its starting point and will aim to bring specialists and stakeholders into fruitful discussion about the capacity of landscape to support socially and environmentally sustainable decisions and futures. We will discuss how landscape can create a structure within which communities can engage in decision making and participatory processes in planning. Concepts such as identity, awareness, stewardship, communality and responsibility will be key to the discussion at this conference. Reconnecting individuals, communities and society to and through landscape is currently a live debate, perhaps especially in the more intangible areas of heritage and landscape, in relation to social and demographic change and how communities share or reserve their land, goods and services.
Session 1: Landscape and Social Equity
In this session we will focus on the key challenges of the practical implementation of ELC and the Faro convention and how to take into account landscape democracy and local involvement. Different methods to develop and share understanding of landscape have been developed in Europe, such as for instance landscape characterisation and landscape biography, but there is still a gap between the scientific and political intentions on the one hand and the practical involvement and planning on the other, and uncertainty as to the relationship between expert perspectives and broader citizen aspirations. We welcome practical examples on how this challenge is solved in decisions on landscape and heritage.
Session 2: Landscape Services and Local Communities
Ecosystem services (the contributions that ecological systems underpinned by bio-diversity make to human welfare and well- being) have recently received a high political and scientific profile. Taken as a whole, the ecosystems service approach represents a shift of focus from protection and conservation of nature to a focus on how nature can support human life today and in the future; it thus delivers new perspectives in the environmental field. Landscape may be regarded as a platform where ecosystem services meet cultural and heritage values. In this session we will explore how, and why, landscape is relevant to the ecosystem and vice versa. In particular, this third CHeriScape conference is focussed on how it can be relevant to local communities. Can the ecosystem services approaches bring us new inventions related to local participation, valuation or decision-making?
Session 3: Landscape and Community Development
In the third session, we will focus on landscape and tangible and intangible heritage as a resource in community development. In general, community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Here we want to present examples of how cultural heritage in landscape represents values which help to shape identity and belonging (or sometimes also exclusion) and how it can result in sustainable rural development. We also want to focus on how rural policy, community based processes and local decision-making are considering theses values and helping to design and construct future landscapes.