Istanbul (Turkey): view from the Galata Tower across the Golden Horn.
Sylt (Germany)
Córdoba (Spain): view of the Roman bridge across the river Guadalquivir.
Sylt (Germany)
Castle of Alaró (Mallorca, Spain)
Old bridge across the Guadalqivir river near Italica (Spain)
Sylt (Germany)
Roman amphitheatre in Italica near Sevilla (Spain)
Great Mezquita of Cordoba (Spain)

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Successful first East-Mediterranean Landscape Forum

Landscape Research Society hosted the first East Mediterranean Landscape Forum in Ankara

Ankara – 6 Oct. 2014 | The event that was entitled “The Role of Civil Society in Implementation of European Landscape Convention” organized by Landscape Research Society (PAD) in the cooperation with CIVILSCAPE and supported by Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and Ankara University Department of Landscape Architecture.

62 participants from NGOs, Universities and the Ministries attended the forum which involves a wide range of stageholders. Starting with Maguelonne DEJEANT-PONS representative of the Council of Europe a number of presentations highlighted the on-going implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Turkey. During the day presentations by Dr. Gerhard ERMISCHER (Vice-President of CIVILSCAPE), Dirk GOTZMANN (CIVILSCAPE Director), Gökmen ARGUN (Director of Turkey for UNDP GEF Small Grants), Ayşegül ORUÇKAPTAN (President of Chamber of Landscape Architects-Turkey) and Kezban AYGUNES (Expert in Landscape Conservation Unit-General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks- Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs) provided many different aspects.

The comprehensive frame of convention, the potential impact on landscape planning, management and conservation as well as their prerequisite political measures were discussed in the panel discussion. This event carries a significant importance since it was the first independent discussion which considers the civil society participation throughout region.

It can be said that the East-Mediterranean Landscape Forum was the first in terms of bringing together the representatives from local and national NGOs such as WWF Turkey, TEMA (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestration and the Protection of Natural Habitats) and The Foresters’ Association of Turkey to discuss on “landscape” and to discuss landscape through the perspective of ELC Convention. The forum is also the first event on the ELC regarding the responsibilities and opportunities for the non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Convention. In this context, the forum has generated the motivation for dealing with “landscape” in a new perspective and understanding as well as for cooperation through the training and awareness raising on this new landscape perspective and landscape management among NGOs.

Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons really appreciated the work developed by CIVILSCAPE, the Landscape Research Society and the Ankara University. She expressed also her hope that all together the stakeholders will advance in a good way for the future.

Afterwards Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons went together with the representatives of Landscape Research Society and CIVILSCAPE to the Council of Europe workshop on the implementation of the European Landscape Convention held in Ürgüp on 30 September to 2 October 2014. During the workshop all stakeholders used the opportunity to meet and exchange.


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