Recommendation Concerning the Safeguarding of the Beauty and Character of Landscapes and Sites (1962)


This Recommendation, intended to supplement existing measures for the protection of nature, recognizes the important aesthetic, cultural, spiritual and scientific value of landscapes and the threat of poorly regulated development. It addresses natural and manmade landscapes and sites, including urban landscapes threatened by development and particularly areas that surround monuments. It encourages the use of both preventive and corrective measures and emphasizes the importance of urban and rural planning and oversight in safeguarding landscapes from infrastructure development, deforestation, pollution, advertising, building design and other named threats. The document recommends educational action (both in and out of schools) to raise public awareness of and respect for landscapes and sites. It emphasizes the importance of teacher training, involvement of the media, and state support for educational activities.