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Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleDirectorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage
2nd TitleDirection de la culture et du patrimoine culturel et naturel
CreatorCouncil of Europe
DescriptionThe Council of Europe (CoE) launched its environment programme in 1961, to deal with one of the issues now perceived as one of the main challenges that Europe will have to face in the 21st century. The CoE's activities in this field focus on the conservation of nature and landscapes. They are now integrated within the Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Directorate organises its work around four main functional strands: (1) the implementation of Council of Europe Conventions in its fields of activity (e.g. the European Landscape Convention and the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats); (2) the monitoring, analysis and development of policies and practices, and the offering of advice and support (e.g. Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy PEBLDS, and European Conference of Ministers responsible for regional/spatial planning CEMAT); (3) direct assistance to governments to enhance governance and management capacities through comprehensive regional programmes and pilot projects (e.g. Emerald Network, Pan-European Ecological Network, PEEN); and (4) special initiatives and awareness raising activities which promote our principles and values through concrete actions highlighting Europe's common cultural and natural assets and creativity (e.g. the European Diploma of Protected Areas).
LanguageEnglish, French
KeywordsNaturopa; nature; biodiversity; environment; natural hazards; technological hazards; European Landscape Convention; CEMAT; EUR-OPA; national policies; biodiversity; environmental policy; planning policy; landscape; Bern Convention
TypeGovernment organizations, International organizations
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 Published: May 7 2007 | Last updated: March 17 2008