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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Focus on landscape

Since 2010 the CIVILSCAPE general assembly adopts a multi-annual action plan every year that shapes the networks profile. The action plan mirrors how CIVILSCAPE is working:

  1. CIVILSCAPE is the NGOs hub for knowledge transfer on landscape:
    CIVILSCAPE is dedicated to creating an enabling environment for civil society organizations. Knowledge transfer and improvement are corner stones for this mission. CIVILSCAPE fosters the member organisation to exchange their knowledge in transnational projects and to adapt new methods from other countries to their own needs.
  2. CIVILSCAPE is a mine of cooperation projects:
    As a vast network, the CIVILSCAPE facilitates the development of cooperation projects between its member organisations. It helps to bring them into being and run them, and directly invests in some of them. Also CIVILSCAPE seeks involvement in some pilot projects to inform about the outcome to wide public cross Europe.
  3. CIVILSCAPE is the representative voice of the landscape people:
    CIVILSCAPE lobbies national governments and European institutions to take on board the positions adopted by its member organisations. It works to ensure that the interests of its member organisations are taken into account at the Council of Europe or when EU legislation is being prepared.
  4. CIVILSCAPE is the focal point to express interests related to landscape:
    As a political forum, the CIVILSCAPE helps to articulate the common interests of local, regional and national landscape NGOs at European level. Being the first civil society network to have brought organisations related to landscape from all over European together for discussion and debate. CIVILSCAPE has acquired an increasingly large audience over the years.
  5. CIVILSCAPE is an active source of proposals and ideas:
    CIVILSCAPE has acknowledged expertise and privileged access to information on different levels in Europe. It provides its member organisations and European partners with sharp analysis on topics of concern related to landscape.

The main objectives of CIVILSCAPE according to the statutes are:

  • transfer of knowledge and raising awareness on landscape (protection, management and planning, actor participation, financing landscape management, quality objectives, assessment methods, etc.),
  • exchange of experiences focusing on local and current projects (including excursions),
  • strategy development to influence national and EU-policies affecting landscape and to put landscape on the European Agenda,
  • stimulation of cross- and transnational- projects on landscape management.


European Landscape Networks

European Landscape Network

CIVILSCAPE cooperates with two partners on european level regarding the European Landscape Convention (ELC). Both European partners are umbrella organisations like CIVILSCAPE. These three partners are the European Landscape Networks.




RECEP-ENELC is an international association of local and regional authorities promoting the implementation of the European Landscape Convention continent-wide. It was established in 2006, under the aegis of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

In this framework, RECEP-ENELC encourages the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge concerning the landscape. Within RECEP-ENELC, local and regional authorities have the opportunity to co-operate within a common framework, supported by an international structure, establishing contacts with the competent international organisations, EU Institutions, States’ authorities, non-governmental organisations, universities and other bodies interested in the implementation of the ELC. In accordance with its Statutes, RECEP-ENELC organs are the General Assembly, the Executive Board, the Technical Co-ordination Board and the Scientific Committee.



UNISCAPE is an international non-governmental organisation composed of sub-national public authorities. Its aim is to support the interested local and regional authorities, at the scientific, technical, political and administrative levels, in their activities aimed at implementing the ELC’s principles within their territories.

The aim of UNISCAPE is to support and reinforce scientific interdisciplinary co-operation among European universities regarding landscape issues, especially in the areas of research and teaching. UNISCAPE promotes the principles and the objectives of the European Landscape Convention. Concerning research activities, UNISCAPE promotes study and experimentation activities relating to landscapes, their evolution and transformations.
UNISCAPE encourages and assists its members to provide each other technical and scientific assistance in landscape matters through exchange of experience and the results of research projects; to promote the exchange of landscape specialists, in particular for training and information purposes; to exchange information on all matters covered by the European Landscape Convention requirements.


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).

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

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

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