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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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Our member organisations

On 23 February 2008, representatives of NGOs (non-governmental organisations) from 6 different countries have decided to set up the association CIVILSCAPE in a meeting in the Villa Careggi, Florence. During the first five years organisations from more than 28 European countries became a member of our network - a community that is still growing and welcomes new members every month.

CIVILSCAPE is a network of member organisations where each of them have equal rights as members. Our member organisation are diverse in many ways which is reflecting the rich diversity of civil society in Europe. They are different in size, age, type and even focus. But all of them are dedicated to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.

Looking for the different size our member organisations have, you will find organisations which themselves are formed by a small number of member organisations. While others have a national coverage through their members. In this way some of our biggest organisations represent more than 500.000 individual members in their country.

Our oldest member organisation was founded more than 200 years ago in 1807. Several are around hundred years old, but most are much younger. While our youngest organisations was founded just some weeks ago. Bringing these different member organisations together, offers a huge share of experiences, but also the novelty of emerging organisations.

CIVILSCAPE is formed by member organisations which are active on local, regional, national or even European level. Some of them are informal communities, while other are formally established as a legal body in their country. There are organisations which have individual members, while others are themselves networks of organisations.

In terms of the European Landscape Convention, a "Landscape" means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors. As many different perceptions of landscape could be find easily in Europe, as much different organisations could be find which represent these diversity. Each of them are different from the natural and cultural background that influence their specific perception of landscape. In this way our member organisations foster the inter cultural and trans-national dialogue on landscape.

Benefits of membership

A Membership of CIVILSCAPE makes your organisation a part of an influential, established and well-regarded network of like-minded civil society organisations. It gives your organisation access to a professional secretariat whose priorities are driven entirely by you and the other member organisations of CIVILSCAPE. Membership entitles each accepted member organisations to:

  • Find out about other organisations in our network with similar interests
  • Influence CIVILSCAPE's agenda, working programme and future direction
  • Participate in CIVILSCAPE initiatives, including Working Groups and Task Forces
  • Initiate and endorse CIVILSCAPE policy statements
  • Receive information and seek advice from CIVILSCAPE
  • Liaise with organisations, administrations and universities throughout Europe through CIVILSCAPE's sister networks UNISCAPE and RECEP-ENELC
  • Reperesent the CIVILSCAPE network as a member organisation on local, regional or national level.

Coalition Building and Project Development

Where there is a need and a will to work together, CIVILSCAPE tries to facilitate collaborative work between members.

  • CIVILSCAPE provide an independent forum where priorities can be discussed and agreed and joint positions on landscape issues can be developed and promoted
  • CIVILSCAPE create flexible coalitions and joined projects between member organisations and non-member organisations
  • CIVILSCAPE help members to organise joint projects on trans-national and European level and support applications for funding
  • CIVILSCAPE act on request as an observer in trans-national and European projects which include all aspects of reviewing, evaluating and publishing of project activities and outcomes
  • CIVILSCAPE help members to synchronise public campaigns to achieve maximum impact
  • CIVILSCAPE help distil a clear common message from our member organisations on important issues and communicate it effectively to key decision makers on European level
  • CIVILSCAPE organise public events like the CIVILSCAPE Landscape Forum to communicate a common message to the public or decision-makers
  • CIVILSCAPE co-ordinate the selection of representatives to attend external fora (i.e. Council of Europe, European Union and UNESCO) where a common agenda can be promoted.
  • CIVILSCAPE act as an 'honest broker' in the agreement of positions where our members may have different views about particular issues
  • CIVILSCAPE enable members also to collectively commission new pieces of research

All members have the opportunity to contribute to and support all joint action. However, as we work on a 'positive sign-on' basis, we always seek each member's explicit support for statements that we produce.

All activities are reviewed and evaluated by our member organisations during the General Assembly. The General Assembly also discuss, recommend and agreed the next three years working programme.

Become a member

CIVILSCAPE is open to all non-governmental organisations (NGO) which dedicate their work to landscape protection, management and planning, according to the “European Landscape Convention” (Florence, October 20th 2000). Therefore the membership of CIVILSCAPE is open to every civil society organisation or other non-governmental organisations based in Europe. Member organisations must be able to demonstrate an interest in furthering the work of CIVILSCAPE, and their aims and activities must be focused on landscape according to the European Landscape Convention. Individual members of the public, governments and authorities are not eligible to join CIVILSCAPE. They may be instead interested in joining one of CIVILSCAPE's member organisations or sister networks. We will be happy to forward your request or to provide you with contact details.

All applications for membership are considered by the community of current member organisations. As CIVILSCAPE is run by its member organisations for its members, it is important that current members of CIVILSCAPE have the right to approve all future applicants. The General Assembly of member organisations has agreed that the Board can decide on behalf. Therefore members of CIVILSCAPE are non-profit Non-Governmental Organisations that strive to enhance the implementation of the European Landscape Convention and that are accepted as members by the Board.

We have different types of memberships. Please choose one for your application, otherwise you apply for a regular membership. You will find some information about this issue on the last pages of this leaflet.

There are four forms of membership:

  1. Regular Membership is open to non-governmental organizations whose primary functions are consistent with the purposes of CIVILSCAPE. Non-governmental organization is defined in accordance with United Nations ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31 and 2001 United Nations DPI guidelines as any non-profit organization that is not established by a governmental entity or intergovernmental agreement and which is organized on a local, national, sub-regional, regional, or international level. This category doesn't includes private colleges and universities.
    Representatives from each Regular Organization Member have the right to participate fully in the CIVILSCAPE's meetings and activities, including the right to vote and hold elective office. Representatives will normally be one of the officers or directors of the organization.
  2. Associated Members. Associations who are a member of an umbrella organization, which already is a member of CIVILSCAPE, can become associated members.
    Associated members will not pay a fee and have no right to vote, but can participate in all meetings of CIVILSCAPE and people from these organizations can be elected as board members.
  3. Affiliate Membership. It targets organizations which are no NGOs. The Affiliate Membership shall be available for e.g. governmental, intergovernmental bodies or businesses, which are engaged in functions consistent with the purpose of CIVILSCAPE.
    Representatives from each affiliate organization member shall have the right to participate at CIVILSCAPE meetings and activities, but they shall not have the right to vote or to hold elective office in CIVILSCAPE.
  4. Honorary Membership. Honorary Membership can be attributed to organizations or persons who have done extraordinary contributions to CIVILSCAPE. They shall be elected by the General Assembly on suggestion by the board.

If you are interested, please send your request to the Director, President or Secretary General. We will provide further informations about this issue.

Membership
application process

Membership of CIVILSCAPE is bounded to some strict requirements. Once you have determined that you fulfil these, it is recommended that you contact the Director to discuss joining CIVILSCAPE in advance of submitting your application. This will allow the Director to further explain the membership application process and answer any questions you have regarding CIVILSCAPE’s current work programme.

You can also download the membership application form. Please follow the instruction and don't hesitate to contact the CIVILSCAPE Office Bonn.

Once submitted to CIVILSCAPE, your application will be passed to the Board members for their review. If successful you will become a member of CIVILSCAPE. Our Board will decide about your application as soon as possible. Usally we carry out a Board meeting every second month. If the application is accepted, you will receive a confirmation or otherwise we will contact you in case of further questions about details. Please expect that you receive the decision within two months of the date you submitted your application. In case the Board has decided to reject your membership application, the General Assembly still might accept the application.

For further information about the membership application process please contact the Secretariat.

Please note that CIVILSCAPE has the absolute right to accept or reject any application (on a vote if necessary). If an application is declined we will seek to be as transparent as possible although no explanation need necessarily be given.

 

Further Information

Download the statutes as PDF formated file. The statutes are translated from the original Dutch version which was submitted to the Dutch Trade Register (Kamer van Koophandel). In the Netherlands registration in the trade register is compulsory for every company and almost every legal entity.

The Kamer van Koophandel is keeping all register information of CIVILSCAPE. Our register number (or in Dutch KvK-nummer) is 09182670. The trade register provides a lot of information and also an actual copy of the statutes.

To access our register file click here.

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Further Information

Download the statutes as PDF formated file. The statutes are translated from the original Dutch version which was submitted to the Dutch Trade Register (Kamer van Koophandel). In the Netherlands registration in the trade register is compulsory for every company and almost every legal entity.

The Kamer van Koophandel is keeping all register information of CIVILSCAPE. Our register number (or in Dutch KvK-nummer) is 09182670. The trade register provides a lot of information and also an actual copy of the statutes.

To access our register file click here.

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