Target policies of policy interventions

What you can do:
  • Map diversity in European landscapes
  • Locate hotspots of landscape services
  • Explore potential future threats and opportunities of policy decision
  • Involve diverse stakeholders in landscape planning and management

European cultural landscapes are extremely diverse. There is a growing concern among policy makers, practitioners and citizens regarding the polarization of European cultural landscapes. A wide range of drivers, including economic growth, technological changes and policies resulted in expansion and intensification of agriculture throughout Europe. At the same time, widespread farmland abandonment occurs. The impacts of both long-lasting and recent changes on cultural landscapes can vary from region to region.

Policy efforts in protecting and investing in cultural landscapes have to account for the diversity of landscape types and varying impacts of landscape change. The Hub one the one hand generates awareness of unique landscapes among communities and policy-makers, and can be used for targeted planning and managing on the other hand. Revealing the location and variation of cultural heritage landscapes across Europe, the Hub assists in identifying landscapes that would benefit from more protection. In addition, it offers a tool to explore potential future threats and opportunities of change. The shared knowledge on landscape dynamics and values assists in making predictions and thus developing and applying targeted strategies for the sustainable protection, management and planning of cultural landscapes. The Hub enables to identify exact locations of hotspots of ecosystem services or disservices. Diverse stakeholders can be involved in planning through the participatory approach of the Hub.

Discover some examples on how the HERCULES project provides input for policy targeting: