The European Landscape Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe on the 20 October 2000 and came into force in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, in 2006. It promotes the protection, management and planning of European landscapes. A number of jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland have progressed a strategic approach to land and land use. In January 2014, the Minister for the Environment launched a first draft of Northern Ireland’s Landscape Charter noting ‘landscapes are its hidden treasure, something often recognised by others who visit’ and inviting every section of society to sign up to principles around why our landscape matters. The report referred to in this briefing builds on best practice elsewhere to suggest how the aspirations of the Charter can be made good. It can also inform the ongoing creation by DARD of an Agricultural Land Use Strategy. The report ultimately calls for a comprehensive Land Strategy for Northern Ireland.
Event takes place on August 4, 2020 until August 17, 2021
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Photography Competition 2021