National Landscape Strategy

Landscape means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.
(Article 1.a. of the European Landscape Convention)

National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2015-2025:
Ireland signed and ratified the Council of Europe’s European Landscape Convention (ELC) which came into effect on 1 March 2004. The Convention has been ratified by thirty-eight countries. It obliges Ireland to implement policy changes and objectives concerning the management, protection and planning of the landscape.

The National Landscape Strategy will be used to ensure compliance with the ELC and to establish principles for protecting and enhancing it while positively managing its change. It is a high level policy framework to achieve balance between the protection, management and planning of the landscape by way of supporting actions.

What is meant by landscape?
The traditional view of landscape related to places, generally rural, of scenic beauty. The ELC definition introduced the concept of landscape as a dynamic system, the result of the action and interaction between natural and human factors. It is not confined to the countryside; it covers urban, peri-urban and rural areas, encompassing land, inland waters, coastal and marine areas. It deals with everyday and degraded landscapes, as well as those that are considered to be exceptional. It recognises the importance of all landscapes, not just exceptional landscapes, as having a crucial bearing on our quality of life and as deserving attention in landscape policy.

National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2015-2025 (doc) Published May 2015     National Landscape Strategy FAQs (doc)

A Draft National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2014-2014 (doc) Published July 2014   Public Consultation submissions 95 Submissions 

A National Landscape Strategy for Ireland. STRATEGY ISSUES PAPER (doc) Published September 2011

For further information: nls@chg.gov.ie

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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