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Land life week – the First European Land Stewardship Week

28th September – 7th October 2012, Europe

This autumn, between the 28th of September and the 7th of October, LANDLIFEWEEK- the First European Land Stewardship Week will take place. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of care for the earth and its wealth of natural and cultural resources through events throughout Europe. Public agencies, volunteers, education intitutes and companies are all invited to take part in the week by organising an activity in thier area.

The Land Stewardship Week is facilitated by all the Landlife partners but to make the event a success it is essential that individuals, organisations and institutions get involved. This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to work together to promote the common goal of preserving the natural, rural and cultural heritage of our lands and sustainable use of all our natural resources: soils, forests, grasslands, waters, etc. Land stewardship is an emerging concept involving society in nature conservation in Europe, participating in Landlifeweek positions your organisation to a process or European networking that enlarges your actions and efforts. Be part of it!

Those organizations interested in participating should contact: info@landlifeweek.eu. You can either participate by organizing an event in your region or/and helping us to disseminate the initiative between your social networks. All organisations will then be included as a landlifeweek collaborator, on the collaborators section on the website.

For more information visit: www.landlifeweek.eu

The landscape and cultural heritage are both factors that are of importance to European Green Capitals. Green urban areas incorporating sustainable land use are one of the 12 indicators that cities applying for the European Green Capital Award are assessed on.

Our current European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz, Vitoria-Gasteiz is comprised of concentric circles, with the city itself at centre. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area partially reclaimed from degraded areas, surrounds the centre and brings nature into the city. The third circle is dominated by forestry and mountains.

The city has a high proportion of green public areas, ensuring that the entire population lives within 300m of an open green space. Numerous tangible measures are in place to assist and increase biodiversity and ecosystems services.

Flora and fauna are monitored, habitat fragmentation is reduced wherever possible, and measures have been introduced to decrease light pollution. Besides being recreational areas and natural habitats for plant and animal life, the green areas also have an educational purpose: the community gardens, for example, enable the population to study horticulture at close range.

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