Project facts

Duration: January 2014 - December 2016
Project coordinator: Graham Fairclough; Newcastle University (UK)
Project consortium: Niels Dabaut; Ghent University (Belgium) •Henk Baas; Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland (RCE) (The Netherlands) •Bolette Bele; Bioforsk (Norway) •Knut Anders Hovstad; Bioforsk (Norway) •Pat Harrison; Newcastle University (UK) •Gro Jerpåsen; NIKU (Norway) •Kari Larsen; NIKU (Norway) •Michel Lascaris; Cultureel Erfgoed Nederland (RCE) (The Netherlands) •Almudena Orejas ; CSIC (Spain) •Bas Pedroli; Wageningen UR (The Netherlands) •Guillermo Reher; CSIC (Spain) •Sam Turner; Newcastle University (United Kingdom) •Theo Van Der Sluis; Wageningen UR (The Netherlands) •Veerle Van Eetvelde; Ghent University (Belgium)
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Archaeology, Ethnology, History
Contact: Project coordinator: Newcastle University - School of History, Classics and Archaeology (UK)
Budget: 467,000€ (403,000€ from the call)


The CHeriScape project has created a landscape-focused network established to organize five international and interdisciplinary conferences on the theme of ‘landscape as heritage’.

By more closely connecting these two ‘ways of seeing and acting’ in research and practice, and by transcending disciplinary and policy boundaries, it has been made possible to maximize their impact on mainstream as well as sectoral policy-making and research in regard to major environmental, societal and economic challenges facing Europe.

The 5 conferences have explored the overlapping territories of two Council of Europe conventions, the European Landscape Convention (2000) and the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage to Society (2005).

The project has used landscape as heritage as an interdisciplinary frame for « bridging divides, integrating disciplines and serving society » (ESF/COST Science policy briefing).

Impacts & Results

The project has used landscape as a guide and framework to help overcome the fragmentation of initiatives deriving by diverse and sometimes potentially conflicting approaches and the multiplicity and geographical dispersion of bodies and institution that has been recognized by the JPI on Cultural Heritage.

It has created a new generation of understanding and aspirations within both research and policy fields.

The concrete outcomes of the CHeriScape Conferences have included scientific publications and conference proceedings, policy and public briefings and recommendations for future research.


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