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LARGE RUR AL LANDSCAPES

GÉRALD DOMON + JULIE RUIZ

RURAL LANDSCAPES
FROM SHARED KNOWLEDGE TO SHARED VISION
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SINCE THE EARLY 2000s, a steadily
increasing number of Quebec's regions
and municipalities have been working
on regional initiatives which make the
landscape part of a political process.
Consultation among stakeholders is a
prerequisite to action. Yet, effective
consultation is built upon a shared
knowledge base and understanding of
landscapes. Only with these essentials in
place can collective projects transcend all
stakeholders' preconceptions. To guide
the development of knowledge bases and
consultation processes pertaining to large
landscapes, we have written Paysages
ruraux, méthodes d'état des lieux et
de diagnostic.
LESSONS FROM FOREIGN EXPERIENCE
In Europe, there are now well-established
processes for developing an understanding
of large landscapes, and identifying the
issues that affect them. Under Article 6
of the European Landscape Convention,
each country must identify distinct
landscapes within its territory, assess their
characteristics, analyse their dynamics and
pressures affecting them, and monitor
their transformation. England and France
were among the first countries to commit
to this approach, and it is also used in
Catalonia, Wallonia, Slovakia, Latvia and
other regions. In the United States and

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Australia, the relevant institutions have
systematically embraced the assessment
of landscapes' visual qualities. The
situation is similar in Quebec.
Through an analysis of the work done
to date, we identified characteristics of
large-landscape projects and a number
of complementary analytical methods.
Thereafter, we experimentally used
these approaches with the landscapes of
Quebec's Maskoutins regional municipality,
seeking ways to adapt such methods for
use across Quebec. To view the research
paper in French: >www.mecmaskoutains.
qc.ca (see below)
A COMMUNITY OF ACTORS
Large landscape projects are implemented
by a wide range of stakeholders, and
culminate in a spatial transformation
process that is guided by a shared vision
for the future. The approaches used are
therefore distinct from specific physical/
spatial initiatives devised by experts,
who are typically hired after a public
call for tenders. Rather, they hinge on
stakeholders' evaluation of the pressures
threatening landscapes.
Most such initiatives begin with the
analysis of the landscape's material
constituents and its spatial organization
- such as human geography, agricultural
land division, the built environment,

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hydrography, and so on. While the
analysis rests on the definition of
landscape units within which experts
in landscapes, geography and culture
identify a landscape's representative
characteristics, the public may also
contribute to the inventories. The process
thus is grounded in the recognition that
initiatives affecting large landscapes
necessarily involve a wide variety of
actors with complementary perspectives.
And increasingly, these approaches seek
to refresh the perspectives of elected
officials, stakeholders, farmers, foresters,
and others on the landscape.
The tools developed around the world
for that purpose often demonstrate
considerable originality: photographic
analysis using Panoramio (a website for
sharing geolocated photos), an online tool
for residents to share the landscapes they
value, participatory cartography sessions


http://www.mecmaskoutains http://www.qc.ca

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