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Landscape and Sustainable Development
The French Perspective

ISBN 9781472438591
Published March 28, 2015 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Previously published in French by Éditions Quae, this volume presents findings of a major research programme into landscape and sustainable development. While led by French scholars, the research team and geographical scope of the project was international, collaborative and comparative. Using case studies from across Europe, the interdisciplinary team of contributors discuss the relationship between landscape as defined by the European Landscape Convention and the concept of sustainable development. This English edition has a new introduction written by Yves Luginbühl and Peter Howard. The book is then divided into three sections: Biophysical Realities and Landscape Practice; Landscape Resources-Inheritance and Renewal; Governance and Participation. Some of the topics covered, such as wind-farm landscapes, will be familiar to English language readers, but others, such as footpath economics, non-woodland trees, inter-generational equity, and the insistence on the necessary developments in governance less so.



Peter Howard is a geographer who studied at Newcastle and later at Exeter. He taught landscape ideas to students of art and design, and later ran degree courses in landscape and heritage, at Plymouth University. He is now Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscapes at Bournemouth, UK, Yves Luginbuhl is a Researcher at CNRS, Paris, France and Daniel Terrasson works for CEMAGREF and IRSTEA France. Yves Luginbühl is an agronomic engineer and geographer, emeritus director of research at CNRS, co-editor of the European Landscape Convention, member of the Scientific Committee of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity, and president of the Scientific Committees for research programmes into landscape of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. He is a member of the National Committee of Scientific Research (CNRS). His most recent book, La Mise en Scène du Monde, won the Eduard Bonnefous prize of the Academy of Sciences. Peter Howard is a geographer and now a Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscape at Bournemouth University, UK. He was editor of Landscape Research for many years, and founded the International Journal of Heritage Studies. He has written extensively on issues both of Landscape and of Heritage, including his latest book An Introduction to Landscape. He is a member of the French scientific committee responsible for this book, and a member of the Ramsar Culture Network. Daniel Terrasson is an agronomist, and Engineer General of Bridges, Waters and Forests, now in retirement. Laurent Bélanger, Head of Unit at the Research and Innovation Directorate of the French Ministry of Ecology has charge of the programme ’Landscape and Sustainable Development’ and participated to the coordination of this English language version. Gérard Guillaumin, of this Unit and now in retirement, participated in the coordination of the French version.


’Landscape means as much to the French as it does to us, but language makes it hard for French experience to reach our shores. This volume of translated essays breaks down the barrier. It reveals a detailed analysis and understanding of French landscapes that challenges our preconceptions. As we also explore the potential of the European Landscape Convention, British landscape policymakers and practitioners will find here a rich mine of ideas.’ Adrian Phillips, IUCN and National Trust ’The adoption of the European Landscape Convention in 2000 by the Council of Europe transformed landscape policy, which had hitherto been preoccupied with the protection of exceptional landscapes. This important book, the outcome of an international and interdisciplinary research project led by the French Ministry of Ecology, demonstrates the role that ordinary, everyday landscapes have to play in issues of sustainability and resilience, and argues that landscape is a res publica, a matter that concerns everyone and should be debated by everybody.’ Ian Thompson, University of Newcastle, UK