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Coastal Landscapes: Commitment to Cultural and Natural Heritage

CIVILSCAPE member organisation Bund Heimat und Umwelt has published about marine and coastal landscapes

24 Apr. 2015 | Two recent publications of the Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland (BHU, Germany) focus on the coastal landscapes at the Baltic and the North Sea. In a decor postcard set and in a book, the umbrella organization of the German local heritage and citizen associations focuses on the versatile cultural and natural heritage of the coastal regions. Especially in times of demographic and landscape changes, preserving and advocating our heritage are central questions of discussion. Here, awareness rising for values, civic commitment and the European point of view are important aspects to take into account.

“Change notably characterizes the coastal landscapes – current challenges are for example economic and demographic changes as well as the exit from nuclear and fossil-fuel energy”, emphasizes Dr. Herlind Gundelach, Member of the “Bundestag” and President of the BHU.” This change also affects the natural and cultural heritage in coastal regions. Primarily in regions threatened by an irretrievable loss there is an urgent need for action”, says Gundelach. The BHU and its regional associations and also its European cooperation partner CIVILSCAPE deal with the question which function civic participation has regarding the preservation of this special heritage.

“Our recent publication shows in diverse ways how the coasts shape and influence human beings' lives and also individual and societal identities”, explains Wolfgang Börnsen (Bönstrup), Vice President of the BHU. This includes regional history, architecture and arts, conservation of nature and much more: “Identity forms home – and therefore people start to commit to their native regions”, says Börnsen. Interesting key aspects here are fisheries and fishing, which are significant cultural and economic factors in coastal regions and also substantial for publicity. A European cultural route, the North Sea Food Cultural Route, relating to this topic, is currently being prepared.

The publication contains many illustrations as well as articles in German and English. Short summaries in both languages serve as a quick orientation and usability. The 16 decor postcards illustrate the varied beauties of the natural and cultural heritage coasts and their numerous facets are portrayed by informative texts. It is possible to write on the inside pages of the foldable cards, so they can be used for example to mailing greetings and wishes.

 

Further Information

The card set and the publication can be obtained cost-free at the BHU office, also separately. The BHU kindly solicits contributions.

The project on coastal landscapes was sponsored by the commissioner of The Federal Government for culture and media (BKM).

Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Germany (BHU),
Bundesverband für Kultur, Natur und Heimat e.V.
Adenauerallee 68
53113 Bonn
Germany
phone: +49 (228) 224091
fax: +49 (228) 215503
e-Mail: bhu@bhu.de

CIVILSCAPE Office Bonn
Dirk Gotzmann
Adenauerallee 68
53113 Bonn
Germany
Tel.: +49 (228) 299711-00 or -01
Fax: +49 (228) 299711-09
E-Mail: dirk.gotzmann@civilscape.eu

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