Mahiliou region (Belarus)
Value of public participation
The awareness and formal acknowledgement of including different stakeholder interests into the decision-making processes about urban development has increased significantly. Landscape transformations combine top-down regulation and bottom-up governance initiatives. The top-down regulation is based on an aesthetic heritage, and had developed a local based approach to reconcile protection and development. Elected people consider themselves as legitimate to decide for their community. Participatory processes vary a lot according to the scale of project and processes, and first challenge is free access to information regarding territorial transformations. Governance of urban landscape quality is complicated by the fact that participants do not constitute a homogeneous group…
Implementing the European Landscape Convention
The aforementioned landscape challenges are pressing issues prevailing in different geographical contexts all over Europe, but each landscape context brings about specific regional challenges depending on the particular socio-spatial environment. Tackling these and finding ways to deal with conflicting interests of land use in European landscapes were the reasons for deliberating and defining the European Landscape Convention (ELC). The convention has since then been ratified by 39 European countries (but not by Russia)…
Decision Making tools
These decision-making tools are intended for elected officials and planners in order to improve the quality of landscapes and the quality of life of inhabitants.
WP 1 Methodology
The approach foreseen for WP1 focuses on an academic literature and document analysis, complemented with a series of several expert interviews. In order to identify the key stakeholders related to landscape development in urban contexts, we have conducted a stakeholder analysis in two steps.
WP 3 Methodology
The approach foreseen for WP3 has been divided into 2 parts. The first part concerned the analysis of urban regions, based on the results of WP1 and WP2. The aim was to analyze the urban development of each region of study through cartographic data and institutional reports. Major urban transformations and the relationships between rural and urban dimensions are then highlighted.
WP 2 Methodology
WP2 addresses the questions: How do stakeholders evaluate the urban landscape quality of their respective regions, especially the dynamics of green, red, grey and blue? Which different perspectives can be articulated on transformations in the urban rural continuum and what can be learnt from comparing the regional perspectives?