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10 years implementing the European Landscape Convention

Prague – 22 Apr. 2015 | On April 21st the Czech Government celebrated the 10th anniversary of signing the European Landscape Convention. The act took place in the Liechtenstein Palais in the centre of Prague and was organized by the responsible ministry, the ministry of environment. It was opened by the minister of environment Richard Brabec. Five deputy ministers presented the state of implementation of the ELC in the Czech Republic for the responsible ministries: agriculture, culture, development, education and environment. Vladimír Špidla, chief advisor of the prime minister, gave an address on behalf of the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons from the Council of Europe gave a presentation on the ELC and the actual efforts of the Council of Europe to help the implementation of the Convention. So this was really a very high level event.

In the morning part of the seminar the most important information was about the new structure for the implementation of the ELC in the Czech Republic. A task force has been created from the responsible ministries, chaired by the ministers, with regular working meetings on the level of deputy ministers and general directors. This shall improve the implementation and guarantee a cross-sectorial landscape policy for the future. Of course the reports from the ministries were very positive, but in the debate with representatives from civil society and local governments the deficits and needs for improvement became clear and were addressed in no uncertain terms.

The afternoon session was dedicated to the implementation of the ELC on local level, with best practice experiences from the Czech Republic and one example presented by our Vice-President Gerhard Ermischer for a good co-operation between local government and civil society from Germany. This block was opened by an example presented by Martin Stransky from our member Czenelc.CZ, referring to the project on service trees. In the framework of this project we had planted service trees from the Czech Republic during our annual meeting in Florence in 2010 in the Villa Romana in Florence and at a vine yard in the Chianti Region. CIVILSCAPE was also present through Klara Salzmann, who had developed a landscape plan for a Czech Community which was presented in the seminar as best practice experience by the local mayor.

The seminar was packed tight, but gave a good insight into the actual state of the implementation of the ELC in the Czech Republic. While the first part was a state of affairs report by the relevant ministries, the second part was given to NGOs, universities and local governments. So a balanced picture was given with positive examples but also addressing the challenges and problems in the Czech Republic. The fact that three of the afternoon presentations were somewhat linked to CIVILSCAPE, presented by a Czech member of CIVILSCAPE, describing a project of a Czech member of CIVILSCAPE and presented by the Vice-President of CIVILSCAPE made us a major contributer and shows how active CIVILSCAPE and its members are in implementing the ELC.

 

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