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Landscape mirrors the society that has determined and transformed it along the years and it contains the elements of our individual and social identity. The on-going implementation of the European Landscape Convention in the cross-border region between Italy and Switzerland will surely have a positive impact on the overall life quality of the inhabitants. One important aspect of life quality could be easily measured by the citizens participation on all relevant landscape issues. In this process citizens will also contribute to consolidate the European political and cultural identity. The up-coming EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will be a key process.
The Alpine Landscape Forum will focus on landscape relevant activities on European, regional and local level. In this context the Alpine Landscape Forum will deal with the up-coming EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. The European Council of 19-20 December 2013 has invited the Commission, in co-operation with the Member States, to elaborate an EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. The deadline for presenting a proposal is mid-2015. From 16 July to 15 October 2014 the public consultation is open. The commission welcomes contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region will involve 7 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.
One year after the first edition, Biella (Italy) will be once again the location for the Second Alpine Landscape Forum. The event is promoted, as in 2013, by our member organization Osservatorio del Biellese Beni Culturali e Paesaggio and its partner Ethnographical Museum of Valle di Muggio (Canton Ticino, Switzerland). The Forum will be held on November the 14th and the 15th 2014 at Palazzo La Marmora in Biella’s historical centre and at the village of Magnano on the Serra d’Ivrea, the 20 km long moraine that is an impressive landscape mark for the entire area.
As in all the CivilScape Landscape Forums, the meeting in Biella will give the opportunity to explore and share different experiences of public participation in the landscape planning processes. The Forum will in particular present and discuss the final results of the transnational Interreg project “Shared landscape”. The project has been promoted by the same two organizations that are promoting the Forum together with the municipalities of Verrone and Magnano and in partnership with the Valle di Muggio’s area. “Shared landscape” has been an 18-months awareness-raising initiative based on the implementation of the Article 6 of the European Landscape Convention. The Italian-Swiss partners have experimented the ELC implementation at the municipal level by using parish maps as a tool for bringing citizens visions and needs into official spatial planning. CivilScape has been granted the roll of Observer in the project.
The draft program for the Alpine Forum is the following, changes can still occur in the coming weeks.
Francesco Alberti La Marmora, Osservatorio founder and past president, and Roberto Pozzi, Osservatorio president, will open the morning session with a welcoming speech. The floor will be given then to Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, head of Landscape and Planning Division at the Council of Europe, and to the CivilScape director Dirk Gotzmann.
The first part of the Forum will continue with the presentations given by Roberto Gambino (Politecnico di Torino) and by Alberto Magnaghi (University of Florence). They will discuss the process of the ELC implementation at different levels in Italy.
In the afternoon session, Giuseppe Pidello (Osservatorio Biellese), Paolo Crivelli (Ethnographical Museum), Donatella Murtas (expert in participatory processes) and Francesco Baratto (Salento University) will present and discuss the outcomes of the Interreg project “Shared landscape”. Murtas and Baratto will talk in particular about the role of parish maps in landscape planning.
Andrea Polidori and Filippo Corbellaro (Osservatorio Biellese) will open the second day of the Forum by presenting what has emerged in the Lanscape Assemblies in Magnano and Verrone. The assemblies have involved common residences of the two municipalities in a series of excursions and discussions to both assess the state of the landscape and to think about possible transformations. During the session, Osservatorio and Ethnographical Museum will also discuss which forward steps has to be taken in order to transform the parish maps drawn by citizens into spatial planning official acts.
An open debate that will involve the different stakeholders and all those who have taken part in “Shared landscape” will close the conference. The debate will focalize on finding the “missing ring” between landscape perception and governance. The discussion will be moderated by Raimund Rodewald (Swiss Foundation for Landscape Protection) and the outcomes will be collected in a publication that will summarize the results of “Shared landscape”.
In the afternoon the participants will move to Magnano for an excursion on the moraine of La Serra. This final session will include a meeting with the Osservatorio del Paesaggio per l’Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea about the theme “Landscape and labour”.
The Second Alpine Landscape Forum will be held at Palazzo La Marmora in Biella (Italy), where the Osservatorio del Biellese Beni Culturali e Paesaggio has had its office since 1994.
Practical information about transports and accommodation in Biella are available at the Biella Tourist Agency website www.atl.biella.it (email email@example.com - phone +39 015351128).
More information about the Italian-Swiss project “Paesaggio condiviso – Shared landscape” or about CivilScape Landscape Forums can be found at the News section of this website.
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