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Berlin – 2 Feb. 2015 | Mission activities for cultural landscapes in spatial planning processes are only long-term successful with intensive involvement of agricultural stakeholders. This clearly stated by a joint press release of the Verband der Landwirtschaftskammern (VLK) and Bund Heimat und Umwelt (BHU).
Agriculture has always formed the cultural landscape by the type of land use. Without the participation of agriculture as a key sector in rural areas the further development and management of cultural landscapes can not be sustainable. In collaboration with other stakeholders in rural areas, the Association of Chambers of Agriculture (Verband der Landwirtschaftskammern, VLK) and the Bund Heimat und Umwelt (BHU) want to raise awareness and appreciation for the cultural landscape. In this line both will offer advice and examplary actions in processes of spatial planning in Germany.
As a part of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture organized Future Forum for Rural Development, VLK and BHU established in their accompanying event a discussion platform for representatives from research, spatial planning, local heritage, culture and agriculture. They highlighted that informal instruments of regional planning, such as those the German Ministerial Conference of Spatial Plannings called for, can only be implemented sustainably, if all stakeholders get involved in the development of guiding principles and strategies. More networking and communication are necessary to achieve this.
To integrate agriculture as a planning-relevant actors, has been announced among other issues by the German federal government with its envisaged MORO study.
MORO is the acronym for the Programme of Action for the Regional Provision of Public Services. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s Programme of Action for the Regional Provision of Public Services is designed to assist 21 pilot regions in rural areas – districts, municipal associations or regional associations. With funding totalling 6.5 million euros in 2011 to 2014, the Programme of Action for the Regional Provision of Public Services was one of the focal points of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development’s “Rural Infrastructure Initiative”, and thus supports in particular the implementation of a Regional Strategy. The purpose of developing a regional strategy is to adapt the numerous and diverse spheres of technical and social infrastructure to the challenges of demographic change, in cooperation with the population, local government and public service providers, and to avert, or at the very least minimize, impending cuts in the range of services provided. This is primarily a discussion-based process initiated by districts, regions or collaborative schemes crossing local authority boundaries with the aim of joining forces with the interested population, public and private sector providers of public services and local authorities to systematically address the impact of demographic change on the various fields of infrastructure involved in the provision of public services, to develop scenarios and adaptation strategies and to ensure politically and organizationally that will be implemented.
CIVILSCAPE sees this effort for intensive involvement of agricultural stakeholders in line to their own positions. In general people must have a say on their landscape. This involves all stakeholders. 80% of the land is managed by farmers in most countries in Europe. Already several CIVILSCAPE member organisations in other countries than Germany - like the Osservatorio del Paesaggio per L’Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea in Italy - have start dialogues with farmers in certain focus groups.
CIVILSCAPE Director Dirk Gotzmann has stated several times that he is expecting a new up-coming discussion about the European Union Common Agricultural Policy in the next years which at the moment generates up to 50% of the EU framers income and eats up more than 60% of the EU budget. Both facts have been already questioned during the last budget negotiations of the EU in 2013 and 2014. Such talks most include a wider discussion about a more sustainable future of European landscapes and the important role of agricultaural stakeholders in this mission. Therefore any mission activities for cultural landscapes in spatial planning processes are only long-term successful with intensive involvement of agricultural stakeholders.
Dr. Beate Bajorat
Verband der Landwirtschaftskammern e. V.
Telefon 030 31904-500
Telefax 030 31904-520
Dr. Inge Gotzmann
Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland (BHU)
Bundesverband für Kultur, Natur und Heimat e.V.
Telefon 0228 2240-91/-92
Telefax 0228 215503
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