WRLi participation to the 2019 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium "Rural Heritage: Landscapes and beyond" - Marrakesh, Morocco, October 17th

The World Rural Landscapes initiative participated to the ICOMOS Scientific Symposium "Rural Heritage: Landscapes and beyond (Marrakesh, Morocco - 17 October 2019) with several initiatives such as panels, posters & knowledge cafés!


Here below you can discover and download all materials.


The panel provided an overview of methods and tools necessary for the identification, documentation and interpretation of rural landscapes, as articulated in the ICOMOS-IFLA Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage.

  • Paper 1: Rural landscapes and the World Heritage Listby Andrea L'Erario (Politecnico di Milano, Italy). Abstract: the presentation provides a preliminary overview of a research project to identify and document rural landscapes within the 1,121 properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The presentation highlights some issues including: contradictions among the range of protection mechanisms; matters related to the separation of cultural and natural heritage; and challenges in engaging local communities. 
  • Paper 2: The inventory and mapping of rural landscapesby Lionella Scazzosi, Raffaella Laviscio (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) & Pierre-Marie Tricaud (Institut d’Aménagement et d'Urbanisme de la Région d'Île-de-France). Abstract: the presentation provides an update on the ICOMOS-IFLA ISCCL World Rural Landscape Initiative. The WRLI components (Principles, Atlas, Glossary, Bibliography) reveal the methods and processes relevant to the inventory, classification and interpretation of rural landscapes, both outstanding and ordinary or representative landscapes. Although complicated and challenging, local application of the methods and processes are necessary for World Heritage management regimes.
  • Paper 3: The need for diverse lenses to support rural landscape heritage, by Steve Brown (University of Sidney, Australia) & Cari Goetcheus (University of Georgia, USA). Abstract: the ICOMOS-IFLA 2017 Principles provide a comprehensive outline of the fields and work required to better recognize and safeguard rural landscape heritage. The presentation considers the scope of disciplinary expertise required to apply the Principles and outline some of the ways that diverse disciplines can best work together to achieve the aspirational goals stated in the Principles document.



by Lionella Scazzosi, Raffaella Laviscio (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Nora Mitchell (Universiry of Vermont, USA), Steve Brown (University of Sidney Australia), Jane Lennon (Deakin University, Australia), Brenda Barrett (Living Landscape Observer, USA).

In 2011, the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) began a cultural project, the World Rural Landscapes Initiative, with the goal of a wide and systematic approach to cultural heritage for rural areas (both outstanding and ordinary) that has not been sufficiently developed in the past. A first goal has been achieved: “Principles Concerning Rural Landscape as Heritage” was adopted as a doctrinal text by ICOMOS (Delhi 2017) and translated in English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Arabian. The Knowledge Café focused on methods and case studies to implement the main premises and contents of the PrinciplesText through a structured conversation with attendees. What actions have been developed to preserve and enhance the rural landscape that involve farmers, citizens, and public administrations and in particular that highlight nature-culture relationship and sustainable collaboration?

Link: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/icomos_isccl/2019/knowledge_cafes/7/



by Lionella Scazzosi, Raffaella Laviscio, Brenda Barrett, Nora Mitchell, Steve Brown, Janel Lennon, Virginia Laboranti, Jong Sang Sung, Pierre-Marie Tricaud, Andrea L'Erario

Link: The "World Rural Landscapes" initiative: objectives, outcomes and goals for the future