Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices-Map cultural landscapes and visualise landscapes dynamics and practices
The Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices is a mapping platform bringing together those working on and in European cultural landscapes.
Cultural landscapes are at the interface of nature and society. They have been shaped and maintained by people and their activities over millennia and thus express a tight interplay of physical features of the human environment with social structures and human ideas. Emphasizing the cultural dimension of such coupled systems implies a holistic view, in which humans perceive and value the existence of landscapes and, at the same time, interact with them and even create them. In Europe, landscapes are largely recognised because of their cultural value as well as because of their contribution to people’s quality of life, through the provision of ecosystem services and biodiversity.
The purpose of this Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices is to share, obtain and create landscape knowledge to provide a powerful communication tool and bringing together citizens and landscape stakeholders, science and practice in order to support the sustainable stewardship of cultural landscapes. The Hub was set up by the HERCULES project as an open platform where any landscape actor, their networks and organisations are welcomed.
The Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices enables to visualise the interface of nature and society. Geospatial data can be combined with layers of information regarding values and meaning, history, structure and land use intensity, or driving forces, processes and actors of landscape change. The purpose of the Hub is to provide means for collecting both the contribution of experience-based local insights and scientific knowledge. The Hub can be used as a crowdsourcing tool, collecting feedback and input from citizens as well as landscape professionals.
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The "Sustainable Futures for Europe's Heritage in Cultural Landscapes" project (HERCULES) seeked to empower public and private actors to protect and sustainably manage cultural landscapes that possess significant cultural, socio-economic, historical, natural and archaeological value, at a local, national and Pan-European level. The overarching goal of this transdisciplinary research project was to increase understanding of drivers, patterns, and values of European cultural landscapes and to use this knowledge to develop, test, and demonstrate strategies for their protection, management and planning.
The HERCULES project set up the Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices as an open platform where any actor, their networks and organisations are welcomed.
Funded through the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the EU, the project assembles partners from European Universities and research institutes, small and medium-sized enterprises and non-governmental organisations to develop a holistic approach that incorporates diverse stakeholder perspectives to appropriately address landscape changes. It ran from 2013 to 2016.
For more info on the HERCULES project, please visit the project website.