Finland aims at establishing a Finnish Landscape Observatory

Juanjo Galan Vivas

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A wide range of Finnish governmental, academic and civil society institutions have officially created in December 2016 a Consortium for the Landscape Observatory of Finland. The Consortium integrates the Ministry of the Environment, The National Board of Antiquities, The Finnish Environment Centre (SYKE), The Natural Resource Centre of Finland (LUKE), The University of Helsinki, The University of Jyväskylä, The University of Turku, The Aalto University, the Professional Association of Landscape Architects (MARK) and the Finnish Society for Cultural Environment Studies.

The Consortium is the first cross-party co-operation in the field of landscape management and research in Finland and was born after a series of national and international seminars organized by Aalto University in Otaniemi. During those seminars, the representatives of the above-mentioned institutions analyzed the current level of implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Finland and agreed in the high potential that a Landscape Observatory could have in that process.

The concept of Landscape Observatory was based on the European Landscape Convention and follows the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. According to those recommendations, Landscape Observatories are strategic tools for describing the condition and evolution of landscapes over time, for exchanging experiences and knowledge concerning landscape protection, management and planning as well as public participation, for measuring the effectiveness of landscape policies and for forecasting the effects that transformative factors can have on the landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUNISCAPE en-route
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Landscape Observatories (Amersfort, The Netherlands, 9-10 February 2017)
Place of PublicationAmersfoort (The Netherlands)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Landscape Observatories - Amersfoort, Smallepad 5, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Duration: 9 Feb 201710 Feb 2017

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ISSN (Electronic)2281-3195


ConferenceInternational Conference on Landscape Observatories
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