3 Days of Reflection on the Landscape Legal Framework & Rural Cultural Landscape

VII NATIONAL MEETING “RED ARGENTINA DEL PAISAJE-NODO TUCUMAN” & “LATIN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE INITIATIVE” MEETING

May 26, 27, 28 /2016. Tucumán Argentina

Residencia Horco Molle – UNT

Contact: liliana.neder@yahoo.com.ar

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DAY 1 –  Thursday May 26 “PRODUCTIVE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE”

Productive rural Landscapes in the Latin American region are territories that provide means, a sense of place and identity; they map our relationship with the land over time; and they are part of our national heritage and each of our lives.

Climate change, unsustainable cultivation, neglects and inappropriate development places this irreplaceable landscape legacy increasingly at risk. It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard our nation’s cultural productive landscapes. By working together on interpretation, care, protection and conservation of these sites improve our quality of life and develop a sense of place and identity for future generations.

Expositions on the landscape realities of the Sugar cultivation and their railway crisis; the Wine landscape in Chile and Argentina, the Agave landscape management in the area of Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and the Coffee cultural landscape in Quindio, Colombia.

DAY 2 Friday May 27 “LANDSCAPE LEGAL FRAMEWORK”

Law and Landscape: The Legal Construction of a new tool.

This day aim is the advance on the Law approach for the Protection, Management and Planning of the Landscape. Throughout the day, organized in workshops we will discuss and seek common appropriate methodologies for our regions; by means of the adoption of agreements (laws-accords-decrees-regulations) that recognize local, regional, and national diversity and landscape values, tangible so much as intangible, as well as principles and processes to safeguard it.

It is clear that we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history when we must choose our future. We are certainly living in a time of intense change in the way we value our lives. There is an amazing revival taking place as society, governments and stakeholders begin to appreciate the true value of the LANDSCAPE.

The rise of potentially devastating problems such as climate change, urbanization, water shortages and biodiversity loss means that transboundary cooperation in landscape has become imperative. Nowhere is such cooperation more important than in Latin America. We believe that the landscape is a key element of individual and social well-being and that its protection, management and planning entail rights and responsibilities for everyone; hence the importance of the legal framework.

Latin American society is fully aware that the pressures are a threat to numerous resources both natural and cultural, among them is the landscape. Therefore we felt that we need to move forward to stimulate regional and local initiatives through a (soft law) resolution establishing the landscape as a holistic tool for the planning, managing and creation of the sustainable development; in protecting the past but shaping the future, recognizing the vital connections between government, people, culture, heritage, health and economy.

DAY 3 Saturday May 28 “TOWARDS A LATIN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE CONVENTION”

The last day of the meeting we will examine the findings of the workshops reflection and seek ways to initiate a joint enterprise of a Latin American Landscape Convention.

LALI Latin American Landscape Initiative endorses, support and instrument the proposal of a Global Landscape Initiative aimed to promote in all regions of the world appropriate landscape safeguarding legislation and regulations, to strengthen international collaboration, exchanges and capacity building efforts, and to promote the adoption of an International Landscape Convention. This new normative tool will targeted at focusing public policies on the relationship between people and their landscape, at bringing together art and science, nature and culture, heritage and development in order to protect and improve the sustainability and value of the everyday landscape across the world.

References:

The adoption of the European Landscape Convention (our inspiration), the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, the proposal for an IFLA International Landscape Convention, the Landscape Declaration of Florence 2012, the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI), the Canadian Landscape Charter, the African and Asia Pacific Landscape Charter, have established the role of landscape as a vital component of collective well-being and has highlighted the need for landscape management at all scales, throughout the region; including the urban and rural and the productive areas, the cities and the towns, especially degraded everyday life, as well as places with high values for heritage and natural significance.

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