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World Rural Landscapes Principles: Communicating and transmitting the heritage and Values of Rural Landscapes

By Jane Lennon June 28, 2020

In this final issue on these principles, we consider the essential need to communicate with the general public about the principles showing how heritage values in rural landscapes have been identified and protected through collaborative planning, research and action on the ground with all the stakeholders involved. Transmitting historical information through archival, academic and local […]

Naturecultures Dialogues: The theory of naturecultures integration

Je-Hun Ryu and Fran Han point at the problem of using the concept behind World Heritage “cultural landscape” in Korea and China respectively, because it follows a modern Western-European idea of nature, as separate from culture. They both explain the historical background in their own contexts of an undivided nature-culture paradigm, and where humans are understood as part of the natural world

Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change

By Brenda Barrett June 26, 2020

In March 2020 Smithsonian sponsored a symposium to tackle two perspectives on the climate crisis’s impact on cultural heritage – the threat to the resources and the value of these resources as a source of resilience for communities to address climate change. The gathering brought together a lineup of inspiring speakers to empower cultural heritage authorities, managers, and advocates to pursue more ambitious engagement and collaborative approaches with to the threat of climate change. This discussion is more relevant than ever.

While We Were Not Watching, Part II

By Living Landscape Observer May 17, 2020
Pueblo Bonito

Across the world, daily life has been completely upended. Millions and millions of individuals are living under quarantine, limiting social interaction whenever possible. Unemployment has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. And yet, despite such unprecedented conditions, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is continuing to make significant decisions on land use […]

The Impact of the Pandemic on Agricultural Landscapes

By Brenda Barrett May 13, 2020

Everyone agrees that world will look very different after the current crisis. One change that should have been foreseen, but was not widely predicted was the impact on agriculture. The underlying structural problems facing the farming community worldwide were well known, but under appreciated.
Threats such as an aging farmer population, critical labor shortages, global market forces, urbanization, and a changing climate have made this sector vulnerable.