LIFEscape project

18 February 2012

LIFEscape is an international initiative for the protection and management of valuable landscapes in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. We exchange experience, build capacity and develop solutions for involving local people into landscape management.  LIFEscape is co-financed by the South Baltic Programme of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). It has a total budget of 1.4 Mio euro and is being implemented between May 2011 and October 2013.

The European Landscape Convention (ELC) was adopted in 2000 in Florence and came into force in 2004. 33 countries, among them Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark obliged themselves to acknowledge the importance of landscape protection in their legislation, raise public awareness of landscape problems and promote international cooperation in this field.

Goal of LIFEscape project is to speed up implementation of the Landscape Convention in the participating countries, by working out innovative solutions for participative landscape planning. This project is all about practical solutions. For these purpose, 4 exemplary pilot areas were chosen, which will apply the identified best-practice methods: Tolkmicko (Poland), Žemaitija (Lithuania), Vombsänkan (Sweden), Tude Å (Denmark).

Located inside the Žemaitija National Park, the pilot area has outstanding natural and cultural values. But the region faces growing pressure from construction activities and tourism development. Realisation of the LIFEscape project in the Žemaitija National Park is an opportunity to dicuss and stress the landscape topic in the daily work of the Park. With the help of innovative methodologies, such as the use of 3D visualisation tools and interactive landscape maps, a landscape management strategy will be created in cooperation with stakeholders.

So far, several meetings with stakeholders have been organised, including with municipality authorities, local businessmen, farmers and other stakeholders. Landscape management measures were implemented (clearing of swamps from overgrowth) and GIS visualisations are under preparation.

More information is available at www.lifescape.eu

Daiva Abrutė

Head of the Project

Mail rekreacija@zemaitijosnp.lt

Baltic