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Marinescape Forum Piraeus
Mediterranean Workshop (26-27 May 2015)

The Marinescape Forum Piraeus was organized by MedINA and CIVILSCAPE in Piraeus on the 26th and 27th May 2015 and was the second of a series of Marinescape Forums organised by CIVILSCAPE. It was organised on the occasion of the European Maritime Days which were also held in Piraeus on the 28th and 29th May, as a way of bringing attention to need for action in order to preserve the character of Mediterranean marinescapes and coastal landscapes, as defined by the affected communities.

Gathering participants from various countries in Europe and the Mediterranean, a wide range of sectors and disciplines were represented: from institutional stakeholders, to academic and civil society representatives and from environmental scientists to cultural heritage managers, architects and planners, the diversity of voices present made for two very interesting days.

The consensus for the Mediterranean Marinescape Observatory as well as a description and other important conclusions of the Forum were presented on the 28th May during the European Maritime Day in the morning session “Coastal Communities and Blue Society”. The Marinsecape Forum was made possible with the support of the MAVA Foundation and the scientific contribution of the Landscape Research Group. It was also placed under the aegis of the Piraeus Municipality.

Download the agenda of the Marinescape Forum and the Piraeus Statement.

‘Landscape characterisation methods’

International Workshop (17-18 December 2011)

In a framework of studying and promoting landscape management and conservation issues in Greece and the Mediterranean, MedINA organised the international workshop on landscape characterisation methods, held on 17-18 December 2011 in Athens.

The workshop was a major activity of the Med-INA project on ‘Implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Greece’, through which it actively assists the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in the harmonisation with the convention’s requirements. Amongst the various actions undertaken by the organisation is the development of a tool that will allow landscape characterisation at a local scale. This tool will be used mainly by planners and will be incorporated in planning methodologies.

Research so far has revealed that various methodologies exist, all with a different starting point but with a similar scope: to understand the character of the landscape and to make decisions on its best management and future development. However, most of these methods are mainly designed for non-Mediterranean contexts and do not necessarily address the issue in a holistic manner.

The workshop on landscape characterisation methods aimed to examine:
  •   how applicable existing methods can be for understanding the character of landscape in the Mediterranean and in Greece in particular, and
  • whether it is possible to adapt existing methods / tools to use for these particular geographical contexts.

During the workshop, with the participation of international experts, the main landscape characterisation methodologies were presented, demonstrating also examples of good practice, as well as problems that arose in their application. These methodologies were examined comparatively and proposals for their further development and / or relevance to the Mediterranean and Greek contexts were made.

You can download the Agenda of the workshop.
You can download the Background document of the workshop.
You can download the Participants’ list.

‘Reclaiming the Greek landscape’
International workshop (16 – 20 May 2010)

The MedINA project on ‘Conservation and management of Greek landscapes’ started in January 2008. Since then, MedINA has recognised the importance of landscape protection and has been trying to study and promote their conservation in Greece and the Mediterranean.

Greek landscapes encompass a wide range of significant and diverse components, which can be seen as invaluable sources of life, as well as an exceptional socio-cultural record of local communities. However, it is these landscapes that are being degraded mainly by the abandonment of traditional activities, land use changes, spreading urbanisation, intensive agriculture, mass tourism, unsustainable industrial development, large scale infrastructure constructions and, recently, by the climatic change impacts.

In May 2009, MedINA organised a national workshop on the theme ‘In search of Greek landscapes’, in co-operation with the Athens Agricultural University and WWF Greece. A year later, on 16-20 May 2010, MedINA organised an international workshop on the theme ‘Reclaiming the Greek landscape’. The Workshop was held in the historic town of Nafplion, in North-eastern Peloponnesus, Greece.

The 34 participants were experts on landscape issues and represented universities, government agencies and NGOs from eight countries. The Workshop was opened by an address of Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Maria Caltsa. Also, Maguelone Dejeant-Pons, Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division of the Council of Europe, presented the European Landscape Convention during the opening session of the workshop.

The opening session was followed by keynote presentations based on the research and the experience gained by other European countries on issues related to the European Landscape Convention (ELC) that will concern Greece, after the ratification of the ELC, and on specific issues concerning the drivers of change of Greek landscapes, intervention objectives and means and tools for achieving the objectives. It was followed by the presentations of the case studies of Evros prefecture, Lemnos Island and the Argolid prefecture as specific examples of the proposed interventions. The work in the three pilot sites was carried out by Med-INA. Further, the workshop continued with three thematic working groups, which analytically examined different types of landscapes (agricultural, urban-tourist and monumentalized landscapes), their drivers of change and their future trends. Three associated field trips in the wider area of Argolid.

The main conclusions were presented at the end of the Workshop. Also, several important interventions and highly interesting proposals that have been derived during all sessions of the workshop were incorporated in the ‘Nafplion statement on Greek landscapes’.

By the end of 2010, a major publication will be produced by Med-INA that will include all of the experience gained through the project, detailed recommendations for the future and the main papers presented during the two workshops

You can download the programme of the workshop.
You can download the participants’ list.
You can download MedINA Brochure.

In search of the Greek landscape

National workshop (21 – 22 May 2009)

During a time of constant degradation and threats, but also of public sensitisation and social awareness, the first national Workshop “… in search of the Greek Landscape” was organised on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 of May 2009, at the Museum Building of the Agricultural University of Athens.The meeting was organised by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA), with the support of the Agricultural University of Athens and WWF- Greece, in the framework of the project “Conservation and Management of Greek Landscape”, co-funded by the MAVA Foundation. During the workshop and following the Keynote addresses, the following topics were discussed:

  • Diachronic factors that shape Greek Landscapes, drivers of change and future trends.
  • Intervention goals.
  • Means to achieve these goals (approach, methods and tools).

The meeting ended with a proposal for potential broader collaboration among all the stakeholders involved with the conservation and management of Greek Landscapes. The participants also approved the “Athens Statement on Greek Landscapes”.

You can download the participants list.