Landscape charters are voluntary instruments setting out agreements between the agents in an area in order to promote actions and strategies regarding landscape assessment and improvement. The charters can be promoted by the Government of Catalonia, by local authorities (district councils, communities, municipalities) and/or by entities and are followed up by the Landscape Observatory, which ensures that they are coherent with the landscape catalogue in their ambit of action.
The Decree 343/2006, of 19th September, through which the Act 8/2005, of 8th June, for the protection, management and planning of the landscape is implemented. This Decree regulates studies and reports on landscape impact and integration and establishes what the contents of the landscape charters must be:
As established in this Decree, the content of the landscape charters must take into account the content of the landscape catalogues which have an impact on their ambits. The content of the landscape charters which have to be formalised without landscape catalogues must take into account the process of making the landscape catalogues.
The landscape charters must also take into account the catalogues on the cultural, artistic and natural heritage of a municipal ambit in the cases where they are approved.
The General Directorate of Architecture and Landscape of the old Ministry of Town and Country Planning and Public Works of the Government of Catalonia established a protocol [note] for making the landscape charters which provides guidelines for the making of this type of agreement.
The landscape charter is not a simple declaration of principles, but a public document which declares a commitment to the landscape, in which the signatories make a commitment to society to form part of a group project and to work accordingly to achieve the agreed pledges.
The uses of the landscape charters are:
The landscape charters being developed in Catalonia are the following:
|SIGNATURE||On October 14th, 2004 (County Council of the Alt Penedès)
On December 9th, 2004 (town council and organisations)
|SIGNATURE||On October 4th, 2012||ACTIONS||
|SIGNATURE||On March 26th, 2007|
|VALL DE CAMPRODON (RIPOLLÈS)|
|SIGNATURE||On September 4th, 2009|
|SIGNATURE||On March 21st, 2015|
|CONCA DE BARBERÀ|
|DRIVING FORCES||La Conca 5.1|
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