The convention was proposed by the Council of Europe's congress of local and regional authorities in 1994. Its final text emphasises the importance of public participation in decision making on landscape protection and sets out a range of solutions member states can apply. The convention is aimed at all types of landscapes, from "outstanding to ordinary". It will enter into force once signed and ratified by ten member states.
Netherlands-based NGO the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), which will assist the council in the convention's implementation, welcomed the signing. NCNC executive director Rob Wolters said he hoped the convention would mark "the start of a massive face lift for Europe".
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