The Atlas gives an overview of the rural landscapes in the world: especially, it gives a methodology for the Inventory, Classification and Description of Rural Landscapes at many geographical and administrative levels (international, national, local); specific studies on topics and/or Regions. It is not the inventory of all rural landscapes of the world but aims to encompass all different types of rural landscapes in the world, by making a selection of the most representative ones of each region. To achieve this goal, more than 40 ISCCL members from all over the world are working on the Atlas, organized by regions.
This project has been presented and discussed during the ISCCL meeting in Canberra (October 2013) and updated during the Milan meeting (November 2014) and the following ISCCL meeting.
The scientific organization (Raffaella Laviscio and Lionella Scazzosi in Milan, at Politecnico di Milano) has now defined the 3th (draft) Structure of the Atlas and related forms (Classes and Systems for the inventory, classification and description of Landscapes), with the contribution of WG members.
Atlas proposed structure
Part I: World level - Approaches
- World rural landscape class
- World rural landscape systems
Part II: Regional level
- North America
- Central and South America
- North Africa
- Central and South Africa
Each Region will present:
brief history of the rural activities of the Region
brief description of the current state of rural activities in the Region
classification of the rural landscape types of the region (specifying world level classification) and of the rural landscape systems
preserving and enhancing rural landscape: issues and suggested solutions
description of the initiatives each region addressing rural landscapes as cultural heritage
description of selected rural landscapes
Download the World Rural Landscape Atlas structure proposal
WG on Atlas:
South America and Caribbean WG, coordinated by Mabel Contin; Pierre Marie Tricot; Jane Lennon; Saul Alcantara Onofre; Ana Luengo; Willie Cumming, Stuart Read, Darwina Neil