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WORLD level

Name Description

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture was founded on 16 November 1945.

UNESCO has 195 Members and eight Associate Members.


The International Council on Monuments and Sites works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is a NGO dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology, and scientific techniques to the conservation of the architectural and archaeological heritage.


The International Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes was created by ICOMOS in partnership with theInternational Federation of Landscape Architects in 1970 and has ever since successfully contributed to ICOMOS.


The International Federation of Landscape Architects, Cultural Landscapes Committee is the body representing Landscape Architects worldwide. It collaborates with international organizations of parallel interests, such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, IUCN, ICCROM, etc.


The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


It is a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.


The International Society of City and Regional Planners is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognized and highly-qualified planners in an international network.


The International Rural Network is legally established as a not-for-profit international association.  It seeks to provide opportunities for rural communities worldwide to learn from each other.

EUROPE - European Union and Council of Europe

Name Description

European Commission (Agriculture)


Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. It is responsible for the implementation of agriculture and rural development policy.


European Commission (Environment)

Environment Directorate-General. Its objective is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations.

Council of Europe

European organization promoting co-operation between all countries of Europe in human rights, democratic development, sustainable development.


European network of local and regional authorities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.


Non-governmental organizations for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.


Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention.


The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) brings together representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states in pursuit of a shared objective: the promotion of the territorial dimension of human rights and democracy for a sustainable spatial development of the European Continent.


The European Heritage Network brings together 44 government departments responsible for cultural heritage under the umbrella of the Council of Europe.


It is an network of experts who deal with the Agricultural Landscapes of Europe, considering however not only the so-called “Cultural Landscape”, which is more often the picturesque but also the productive landscape, for promoting their consideration and use among their people, preserving their cultural heritage. It cooperates with: UNESCO, CoE and ECOVAST.


The European Council for the Village and Small Town, was set up in 1984 to further the well-being of rural communities, and the safeguarding of the rural heritage, throughout Europe.


The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape. It is an international network of landscape researchers focused on the past, present and future of European landscapes.


It is an interdisciplinary network of national research institutes with expertise in landscape assessment, planning and management at the interface of policy implementation, education and state-of-the-art science in support of sustainable landscapes.


The International Association for Landscape Ecology was founded in 2009 during the European Congress of Salzburg. It has been created to represent consistently the common landscape ecology approach at the European scale.


Ten RTegional authorities, with action capacity in rural development in their corresponding regions, have created a cooperation network for the exchange of knowledge in experiences to contribute to get a territorial cohesion in the Europe of the 27.


The Cooperation Platform for Territorial Cohesion of Europe was designed to support information and communication among all concerned with the Territorial Agenda of the EU and its implementation process.

European Commission's DG for Agriculture and Rural Development

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for the implementation of agriculture and rural development policy, the latter being managed in conjunction with the other DGs which deal with structural policies. Its mission is to promote the sustainable development of Europe's agriculture and to ensure the well-being of its rural areas. 


The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism is the only European organization focusing on the maintenance of low-intensity livestock farming.


European Landowners' Organization. Engaging various stakeholders, ELO develops policy recommendations and programmes of action. ELO organizes interdisciplinary meetings gathering together key actors from the rural sector and policymakers at the local, regional, national and European level.


Represents a rapidly growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its pan-European network is composed of 250 member organizations, 150 associated organizations and also 1500 individual members who directly support our mission.

ARC 2020

The Agricultural and Rural Convention is a multi-stakeholder platform calling for a real reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) of the European Union.


The European LEADER Association for Rural Development is an international non-profit making association set up to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to maintain their population through sustainable, integrated local development.


The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development is primarily responsible for examining and amending the European Commission's legislative proposals by preparing reports on agricultural policy for subsequent adoption by the European Parliament in plenary.


The European Environment Agency is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.

Save Foundation Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe. It acts as European umbrella organization for the promotion and coordination of activities for the conservation of endangered breeds of domestic animals and cultivated plant varieties in the form of live populations.

Project financed by the European Commission (LIFE+) to exchange, enhance and promote expertise in the management of sites for nature, throughout Europe, by spreading the concept of land stewardship among landowners, public and private organizations and a wider public in general.

EUROPE - Countries and Regions

Name Description



The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies was founded at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe on 21 May 1962. CIHEAM is made up of four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes, located in Italy, Greece, France, and Spain.

La Sabranenque



It is a non-profit association in southern France, created in 1969, that works with volunteers on projects dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of villages and rural sites.



Created in 1977, it is an association of the Chambers of Agriculture, agricultural unions, pastoral groups, forestry agencies, local communities, research institutes, etc; to contribute to the future of the livestock farms, the conservation of natural areas, and the vitality of the territories of the Provence, the Alps and the Mediterranean.




It is a company devoted to rural development, environmental economics, information systems, sustainable development, assessment of public policies and public participation. It is also a member of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism.

Deutsches Forum Kulturlandschaft


It is a German forum for cultural landscapes, where many societies, associations, trusts and other groups that are dedicated to the welfare of cultural landscapes, participate.


Büro für Landschaft und Service


It is an office for landscape advice in the analysis, preparation, and implementation of cultural landscapes' nominations.



The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)


It explores ecosystems in agricultural landscapes and the development of ecologically and economically tenable land use systems.





The Heritage



Its mission is to engage, educate and advocate to develop a wider understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being.



Benetton Studi Ricerche


The Foundation relies on a permanent working group. Their job is to help laces towards a future with new forms and new life while safeguarding their original character and their distinctive features.




It is an alliance between 12 provincial landscape management organizations aiming at conserving and developing landscape by working together with individuals, organizations, companies and government bodies, through projects and through lobbying.



The Directorate-General for Spatial Planning and Urban Development is the national public body responsible for pursuing the policy of spatial planning and urbanism.



The Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, is an interdisciplinary scientific institute for research, coordination, and elaboration of ecological plans and projects.

Grupo de Investigación Paisaje Cultural - GIPC


It is a research group that explores and innovates in landscape studies integrating the fields of architecture, engineering, territory, urbanism, environment, social sciences, history, and art.





Observatori del Paisatge


Advisory body of the Government of Catalonia and Catalan society in general on matters of the landscape.


Centro de Estudios Paisaje y Territorio


The advisory body of the Government of Andalucia dedicated to the protection and management of Landscapes in Andalucia.

Pastores por el Monte Mediterràneo

It is an association of scientists, shepherds, and regional government staff who are working to maintain extensive livestock grazing. It also collaborates with the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism.



Landschaft WSL


The Landscape Research Center WSL investigates the causes of landscape change and its effects on society and environment.


The Landscape Research Centre

United Kingdom

The Landscape Research Centre was registered as a charity in 1980 to promote research into the evolution of the landscape from the Palaeolithic to the present, and to publish the results.


English Heritage

United Kingdom

Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England.

National Trust

United Kingdom

UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up forever, for everyone.

Natural England

United Kingdom

It is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.


United Kingdom

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is a charity that acts as the national organization for thirty-eight Rural Community Councils across England.


United Kingdom


Association of Small Historic Towns and Villages.


United Kingdom

Countryscape is a multi-disciplinary company that operates in the environmental, heritage and voluntary sectors, providing expertise in design and communication, events and consultation, mapping, landscape and place-making, and work with everyone from European bodies to national agencies, local authorities, volunteer groups, charities and private businesses.


United Kingdom

Campaign to Protect Rural England is a registered charity with over 60,000 members and supporters. Formed in 1926 by Sir Patrick Abercrombie to limit urban sprawl and ribbon development.

Scottish Natural Heritage

United Kingdom

Promote care for and improvement of the natural heritage. Help people enjoy it responsibly. Enable greater understanding and awareness of it. Promote its sustainable use, now and for future generations.

Natural Resources Wales

United Kingdom

Is the Government's statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters.


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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning leads the Victorian Government's efforts to sustainably manage water resources and catchments, climate change, bushfires, parks and other public land, forests, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation


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The Rural Landscape Institute


It is a non-profit organization funded to enable farmers, ranchers, and rural communities to thrive in the 21st Century by developing programs that enhance their economic viability and secure the health of the land.



American Society of Landscape Architects. Founded in 1899, to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

Living Landscape Observer


It offers commentary and information on the emerging field of large landscape conservation. This approach emphasizes the preservation of a “sense of place” and blends ingredients of land conservation, heritage preservation, and sustainable community development.

National Park Service


Created in 1916, the National Park Service is the U.S. Federal Agency that manages all National parks, many National monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation


The Foundation provides people with the ability to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners, in the way many have learned to do with buildings and their designers.


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The Inter-American Development Bank supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. It aims to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.


Founded in 1986, RIMISP – Latin American Center for Rural Development is a regional non-profit organization that conducts applied research in support of the institutional change, productive transformation and capacity building of actors and social groups in Latin American rural societies.



The Grupo de Ecología del Paisaje y Medio Ambiente is an interdisciplinary research group form the Buenos Aires University, focused in Landscape Ecology and Environment studies.