Introduction to Cultural Landscape Management

Session 1: Introduction to Cultural Landscapes

Preamble
Cultural landscapes, where human settlements are in harmony with nature, are important assets for sustainability. However, cultural landscape sites, in particular the traditional agricultural landscapes in Asia, have been vulnerable under rapid urbanisation. This e-study introduces the basic concept of cultural landscape management. It is suitable for self-learning and can be used as course materials for schools and institutions. Non-profit organisations working on community sustainability may also find it useful.
This e-study covers the definition of cultural landscape, the categories of cultural landscapes, values and significance of cultural landscape conservation, some common management challenges as well as initiatives taken by international and local organisations to manage cultural landscape sites. Learners can use the e-study to build up a basic understanding of what cultural landscapes are and what kinds of management issues may involve, and then further explore how an individual or a group or organisation can work to conserve and safeguard natural and cultural resources in a sustainable manner.

On completion of the e-study, readers should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the cultural landscape concept and its significance;
  2. Distinguish the major differences between the three cultural landscape categories defined by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO;
  3. Acknowledge the common challenges in cultural landscape management; and 
  4. Describe management and conservation initiatives taken by organisations at different levels in managing cultural landscapes.

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