Francesc CAMP, Andorran Minister for Tourism and Environment, speaks at the 7th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention

27.03.2013 - “The preservation and enhancement of the landscape are important factors in building up harmonious coexistence in our towns and regions, within societies which are increasingly culturally diverse”, said Mr Francesc CAMP, speaking on behalf of the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Minister took this opportunity to present Andorra’s National Landscape Strategy to the Conference.

Ms Maria José FESTAS, Chairperson of the Conference and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Ms Anne-Marie CHAVANON, Chairperson of the Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs, took the floor alongside the Minister during the opening session of the Conference, held in Strasbourg on 26 and 27 March 2013.

The European Landscape Convention is the first ever international treaty exclusively devoted to all the dimensions of the European landscape. It thus covers not only landscapes which might be considered outstanding but also every day and degraded landscapes. The Conference informed all the parties involved of progress in the work of implementing the Convention, and addressed a number of practical questions raised in this connection.