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Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values

Objective

European cultural landscapes are valued as everyday living environment, countryside, heritage, scenery with aesthetic and recreational qualities and unique biodiversity, and as a source of ecosystem services that they provide to society. Cultural landscapes, however, are undergoing rapid and fundamental transformations across Europe, mainly as a result of an on-going polarization of land use, with abandonment and rural exodus on the one hand, and intensification and (peri-) urbanisation on the other. So far, substantial challenges have inhibited the design of effective responses to safeguard cultural landscape values. The proposed HERCULES project strives for the empowerment of public and private actors to protect, manage, and plan for sustainable landscapes of significant cultural, historical, and archaeological value at local, national, and pan-European scales. By applying and developing innovative technologies and tools for assessing and mapping cultural landscapes, the project will (a) synthesise existing knowledge on drivers, patterns, and outcomes of persistence and change in Europe’s cultural landscapes; (b) perform targeted case studies to develop in-depth insights on dynamics and values of cultural landscapes; (c) develop a typology of cultural landscapes and scale-up case study insights using observations and landscape modelling; (d) develop visions for re-coupling social and ecological components in cultural landscapes and translate them into policy and management options; and (e) design and implement a community-based Knowledge Hub for Good Landscape Practice and demonstrate it with land users, agencies, SMEs, and citizen associations. HERCULES comprises European universities, SMEs, NGOs, and a research institute that are leaders in landscape science and practice. The project follows the European Landscape Convention’s call for transdisciplinary research and involves all actors with stakes in cultural landscapes of historical and archaeological value.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 368 539,20
Administrative Contact
Renate Ubachs (Ms.)

Participants (14)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 370 081,60
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Ploumark (Mr.)
PEREZ GIROD GENEVIEVE
France
EU contribution
€ 148 812,59
Address
Rue Joseph Desbois 60
69330 Meyzieu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geneviève Girod (Mrs.)
EUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 201 293,60
Address
Rue De Treves 67
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marie-Alice Budniok (Mrs.)
FOREST COMMUNICATION NETWORK LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Stock Wood Farm Stock Hill
EX35 6LN Lynton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pip Howard (Mr.)
LANDSCAPE RESEARCH GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 51 288
Address
1027A Garrtt Lane
SW17 0LN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Steven Shuttleworth (Dr.)
SINERGISE LABORATORIJ ZA GEOGRAFSKEINFORMACIJSKE SISTEME DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 305 024
Address
Cvetkova Ulica 29
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grega Milcinski (Mr.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 460 856
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSICHEN FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUR WALD SCHNEE UND LANDSCHAFT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 166 147,20
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matthias Buergi (Dr.)
TALLINN UNIVERSITY
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 114 264
Address
Narva Road 25
10120 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hannes Palang (Prof.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 368 558,40
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Bieling (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 121 272
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thanasis Kizos (Prof.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 135 475,20
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gustav Sigeman (Mr.)
NORDISK FOND FOR MILJØ OG UDVIKLING
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 56 608
Address
Skindergade 23
1159 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anne Greth Foldschack (Mr.)
ALTICIME
France
EU contribution
€ 88 753,22
Address
60 Rue Joseph Desbois
69330 Meyzieu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geneviève Girod (Mrs.)