The European Landscape Convention (ELC) is an initiative of the Council of Europe adopted in Florence and signed by the 27 EU Member States.
It is the first instrument devoted exclusively to the protection, management and planning of all landscapes in Europe. It is an important step forward, taking the Council of Europe’s family of heritage conventions (Bern, Grenada, Valetta) into new territories.
It does not simply add another type of heritage to the canon, but takes a new approach by promoting the cultural signiﬁcance and social value of all landscapes. It expands the concern of earlier conventions to a concern for the whole landscape.