Perceptions of Nature.
Landscapes, in particular those that we highly appreciate and enjoy might have been more appropriately painted than described using words and photographs.
What constitutes cultural landscapes, their distribution and diversity, and their significance in terms of biodiversity and heritage within European and indeed global context is of highly relevance.
Until recently, conservations efforts have been mainly concerned with wilderness, i.e. nature untouched by the hand of man, with a focus on protecting it from development and destruction. However, human activity in the landscape does not necessary have devastating consequences. European landscapes, their ecosystems and the unique assemblages of species that they harbour have been shaped and reshaped by human activities and in many instances to a degree that makes them dependent on human intervention for habitat maintenance and hence species survival.
These are the Cultural Landscapes of Europe.
Failure to maintain these landscapes will result not only in a decline in biodiversity but also in an impoverishment of European quality of life.