Landscapes and cultural heritage
Small islands often have remarkable landscapes, shaped by human activity, which reflect the tenuous link between nature and culture, and make local knowledge and practices tangible. often, these landscapes are strong identity landmarks for island communities.
Insular landscapes are important symbols and the visible expression of an often very rich cultural heritage – material and immaterial – reflecting practices, beliefs and customs that should be preserved.
THEREFORE, PARTNERS MUST AT LEAST:
- Ensure proper integration of new buildings with landscapes including extensions of existing buildings, by using local materials, and regulatory measures to avoid disrupting visual continuity.
- Analyse and document visible impacts of global changes on the island’s characteristic landscapes (remarkable trees, vegetation, agricultural crops, coastlines, etc.).
AND PROGRESSIVELY AIM TO:
- Promote the island’s global landscape comprehension through participatory diagnosis, recognising strong identity-based landmarks for inhabitants and users, and drafting safeguarding and restoration plans, integrating the fundamental notion of the place’s spirit.
- Based on the landscape diagnosis, maintain perspectives, enhance intangible heritage and traditional techniques that shape landscapes with high heritage value (such as dry stone walls in the Mediterranean).
- Implement measures to adapt to climate change based on the island’s traditional landscapes.