Ireland signs and ratifies European Landscape Convention
For Landscape Alliance Ireland the fact that Ireland signed and ratified the
European Landscape Convention in March 2002 marked the end of a long and vigorous
campaign initiated by Terry O'Regan of Landscape Alliance Ireland in 1994 when
he first proposed the concept of both a National and European Landscape Policy.
Over the years of the campaign which involved lobbying and landscape fora a
productive partnership developed between Landscape Alliance Ireland, the Department
of Environment and Local Government and the Heritage Council.
The government and the Heritage Council provided financial assistance to Landscape
Alliance Ireland to participate in the development of the European Landscape
Convention by the congress local and regional authorities of Europe within the
Council of Europe.
As delegate to the signatory conference in Florence in 2001 Terry O'Regan produced
a detailed report for the Irish government explaining the benefits that would
arise if Ireland signed and ratified the convention.
On receipt of this report we understand that the Department of Environment and
Local Government issued a memorandum to all other government departments to
establish if there were any objections to the convention amongst all interested
We believe that the fact that Ireland has now signed and ratified the convention
indicates that there was unanimity at government level with regard to the value
and relevance of the European Landscape Convention.
There has been a growing awareness of the need to address the management of
our landscape in a coordinated way in Ireland particularly over the past five
years responding to a number of acrimonious disputes with regard to developments
which were seen as damaging to our landscape. Many of the measures legislative
and otherwise that have been put in place would effectively commence the process
of the implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Ireland.
Landscape Alliance Ireland believes that there is still a challenging and difficult
road ahead and sees great merit in the partnership approach offered through
a shared implementation of the European Landscape Convention across Europe".
Landscape Alliance Ireland