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The Convention

The official text of the European Landscape Convention was originally prepared in French and English by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. On the occasion of the Ministerial Conference for Opening of the Landscape Convention to Signature, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities cooperated in the preparation of an Italian translation. The translation presented is edited by Manuel R. Guido and Daniela Sandroni of the Central Office for Cultural Heritage and Activities (Ufficio Centrale per i Beni Ambientali e Paesaggistici).

Preamble

The member States of the Council of Europe signatory hereto,

Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage, and that this aim is pursued in particular through agreements in the economic and social fields;

Concerned to achieve sustainable development based on a balanced and harmonious relationship between social needs, economic activity and the environment;

Noting that the landscape has an important public interest role in the cultural, ecological, environmental and social fields, and constitutes a resource favourable to economic activity and whose protection, management and planning can contribute to job creation;

Aware that the landscape contributes to the formation of local cultures and that it is a basic component of the European natural and...

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