Istanbul (Turkey): view from the Galata Tower across the Golden Horn.
Sylt (Germany)
Córdoba (Spain): view of the Roman bridge across the river Guadalquivir.
Sylt (Germany)
Castle of Alaró (Mallorca, Spain)
Old bridge across the Guadalqivir river near Italica (Spain)
Sylt (Germany)
Roman amphitheatre in Italica near Sevilla (Spain)
Great Mezquita of Cordoba (Spain)

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Scandinavian Landscape Forum 2013

Mariestad (Sweden) - 12-14 September 2013

OUR LANDSCAPE is a shared resource and a shared responsibility where different values meet, i.e. cultural, ecological, aesthetic, social and economic. The European Landscape Convention (ELC) is an instrument for ensuring a richer life environment, where landscape diversity is managed sustainably. The ELC provides a clear democratic aspect. First, it highlights the region's social significance, and because it emphasizes the importance of people to actively participate in the evaluation and management of the landscape. The democratic aspect is also evident in the Convention’s definition of landscape as "an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and / or human factors."

BIOSPHERE RESERVE Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle is currently developing a vision for our common future. Participation from civil society, active organizations and stake holders in the biosphere reserve is a prerequisite for a successful vision process. Together we create a common vision for the Biosphere Reserve where organizations, governments and civil society understand their role and responsibilities.

SCANDINAVIAN LANDSCAPE FORUM is a conference that aims to increase dialogue between regional and national authorities, municipalities, businesses, nonprofits / NGOs, landowners and the public. The conference is focusing on the interaction between actors. The conference highlightes national and international examples and landscape perspectives in seminars and field trips through the Biosphere Reserve Vänern Archipelago. The conference is a forum for exchange of experience and discussion.

The CONFERENCE is designed for people and organizations with an interest to participate in a broad dialogue about the landscape, such as non-profit organizations, national, regional planning authorities, regional and national authorities, and others.


Thursday, 12th September 2013

9:00 Registration opens, coffee is served
10:00 Welcome
10:10 European Landscape Convention - a successful initiative of the regions in EuropeMaguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Council of Europe
10:30 Understanding landscape. Insight to the meaning of landscape and its potential for civil engagement and participatory democracy.Dirk Gotzmann, Director CIVILSCAPE
10:50 Short break
11:00 Landscape Observatory of Catalonia - Experiences from the regional implementation of the ELC.Pere Sala i Marti, Coordinator Landscape Observatories, Catalonya
11:30 Landscape managment brings benefits to the local society - experiences from Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve Katja Bonnevier, Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve
11:50 Lunch
13:00 Landscapes as an arena for social learning in natural resource managementMagnus Ljung, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
13:30 Är landskapskonventionen en synvända? Anders Hedlund, Swedish National Heritage Board
14:30 Coffee
15:00 Biosphere Reserves as arenas for landscape issues Johanna MacTaggart and Ove Ringsby, Biosphere office
15:30 Panel discussion
16:30 Summary
18:30 Dinner

Friday, 13th September 2013

8:30 Gathering by Trädgårdens skola
9:00 Departure by bus or train

En hållbar destination där landskapet ger nya förutsättningar

Exkursion 1 (Swedish): Resa med tåg till Hällekis stations-samhälle där vi besöker Falkängens bruksmiljö, föredrag om utveckling av hållbar besöksnäring i Biosfärområdet. Kortare vandring längs biosfärleden till Hällekis säteri för lunch. Busstransport till Qvarnstensgruvan, Lugnåsberget. Guidad visning av området och verksamheten. Busstransport till hembygdsförening.

Planering, bevarande och utveckling i landskapet med Kinnekulle som exempel

Exkursion 2 (Swedish): Bussresa till Kinnekulle för att se hur kultur- och naturvärden och brukandet präglar landskapet. Vi besöker Husaby kyrka och biskopsborg, fika. Vandring på Österplana hed, då vi får en inblick i LIFE -projektet "Platåberget Kinnekulle". Lunch på Kinnekullegården och besök på Högkullens infoplats. Guidad visning av Råbäcks Stenhuggeri vid Vänerstranden. Vi avslutar med fika på Hällekis säteri.

Involving civil society in landscape planning and development

Exkursion 3 (English): Busstransfer to the Island of Torsö, where we visit the school runned by local activists. Information from involved island inhabitants about their effort to achieve local sustainable development on the Island. Lunch at Laxhall archipelago restaurant. Visit on the Island of Brommö.
17:00 Estimated return to Trädgårdens skola
18:30 Landscape mingle

Saturday, 14th September 2013

9:30 Coffee
10:00 Welcome (Swedish)
10:10 Översikt av landskapskonventionenLeif Gren, Riksantikvarieämbetet
10:30 Title to be announcedPer Angelstam, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU)
10:50 Den lokala föreningens perspektivJan-Olof Berglund Västergötlands hembygdsförbund och Gun Förde, Dalslands
11:10 Short break
11:20 Landscape, local knowledge, and action in CataloniaPere Sala i Marti, Coordinator Landscape Observatories, Catalonya (English)
11:40 Awareness rising for landscape - local and regional experiences in EuropeDirk och Inge Gotzmann, CIVILSCAPE (English)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Samhällsplanering- Dynamisk samverkan mellan kommuner och ideell sektorUlf Eriksson, Falköpings kommun
13:30 Round table discussions
14:00 Panel discussion: Gun Förde, Dalslands hembygdsförbund Per Angelstam, SLU
Ulf Eriksson, Falköpings kommun
Jens Rasmussen, Länsstyrelsen
Anders Nilsson, Västarvet
Birgitta Adler, Västra Götalandsregionen
14:40 Summary (Swedish)
14:50 Closing of the conference, coffee is served

SCANDINAVIAN LANDSCAPE FORUM is a collaboration between the Biosphere Reserve, Cultural Heritage Board, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish homestead movement, Region of Västra Götaland, County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, Ideell kraft and the CIVILSCAPE.


Further Information


Registration opens on 1 May 2013. You are given the opportunity to register for all or part of the conference.
For more information:

Registration closes on the 25th of August, 2013. It is possible to register for selected dates only.

Practical Information

Meals and excursions are included in the conference fee. Lodging is NOT included in the conference fee. Please see for lodging alternatives.

Conference fee* (including 25% VAT):
One day: 1350kr
Two days: 1750kr
Entire conference: 2250kr
Saturday 14/9 only: 600kr

*25 representatives from NGO are sponsered. First come, first served!


Trädgårdens skola
Magasinsgatan 4
542 30 Mariestad


You have easy access to Mariestad by train:,
From Stockholm: Train to Hallsberg, change to Kinnekullebanan
From Gothenburg: Direct connection via Kinnekullebanan
Alternative: Train to Skövde, change to bus nr 500 to Mariestad


Johanna MacTaggart, Biosphere coordinator
Phone: + 46 501 39 31 93

Dirk Gotzmann
Adenauerallee 68
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (228) 299711-00 or -01
Fax: +49 (228) 299711-09

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