The Department of Geography is pleased to invite you
to the International Summer School
Training in Landscape Character Assessment Methods and Tools
οn Lesvos Island, Greece, 07-12 September 2015
This Summer School aims at training students, educators, professionals and landscape scientists, on the methodologies of landscape character assessment (LCA), as a tool for effective protection and management of natural and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on the landscapes of Eastern Mediterranean region.
Building on the research results and educational material, produced by the European Project MEDSCAPES (funded by the ENPI CBC-Med Programme), the purpose of this intensive international Summer School is teaching, training and implementing a common regional approach to landscape assessment methodologies. Specifically, at the end of this course, the students will have mastered:
a) tools for landscape analysis, evaluation and mapping (LCA),
b) risk assessment model (RAM) implementation, and
c) the development of participatory governance and management practices (HIMA and other), for landscape as a public good.
These tools offer decision-makers (governmental and other) support in landscape planning and management, bringing together, at the same time, expert knowledge on integrated community management of landscape, while enhancing landscape education and awareness. These methodological tools (LCA) include mapping of physical-geographical and human-made features of the landscape, thus achieving a more holistic understanding of landscape dynamics unfolding in different areas of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
In the case of Greece, landscape typologies derived with the aid of this methodology will form important tools for the General Framework of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development , Special Framework of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development. and for policy decision-making, generally referring to countryside management, rural development, and architectural/ cultural heritage, as well as environmental protection. Moreover, training in landscape-related best practice methodologies, the development of a participatory process engaging local communities and the risk assessment tool, together with educational material produced for such training purposes, develops and enriches the concept of landscape and its role in the Eastern Mediterranean region, contributing substantially -at least, in the case of Greece and Cyprus- to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, ratified by both countries and highly due for implementation.
The Summer School will be conducted by an international team of experts and other researchers directly or indirectly involved in the state-of-art production of landscape-related know-how, through the MEDSCAPES project. The School's Steering Committee, with previous experience in carrying out summer schools, was involved in the implementation of LCA methods; has specialized in Lesvos and Eastern Mediterranean landscape typologies; and possesses broad knowledge and experience in the implementation of such methodologies from other E.U. case studies.
The “University of the Aegean Summer Schools” are supported by the project «The University of the Aegean, the prominent and driving factor for the economic and social growth of the wide Aegean area» of the Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning”, which is co-funded by European Union (European Social Fund) and National Resources.