Hey, all our culture-appreciating readers: Know anyone who deserves recognition for their work protecting cultural landscapes? If so, be sure to let UNESCO know:
The Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale, Latvia (winner in 1999) © Ojars Arvids Feldbergs
Nominations are now open, with the deadline for submission 30 April 2019.
The Prize rewards outstanding action to safeguard and enhance the world’s major cultural landscapes, which can contribute significantly to sustainable development and achieve a number of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The prizewinner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, will receive a monetary award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 and named after Melina Mercouri, a distinguished actress and former Minister of Culture of Greece, who was a strong advocate of integrated conservation. It was renewed at the 202nd session of the Executive Board in October 2017 (the last Prize was awarded in 2011). The Prize is awarded every two years to one winner…
What exactly is a “cultural landscape” you ask?
Cultural landscapes, defined as the combined works of nature and man, embody a long and intimate relationship between people and their natural environment. Whether found in urban or rural settings, they are all the fruits of diverse human-nature interactions, and thus serve as a living testimony to the evolution of human societies.
Some cultural landscapes are designed and created intentionally by people (such as garden and parkland landscapes), while others evolve organically over time. In some cases, the evolutionary process is “fossilized” in material form (such as those found in prehistoric caves and rock shelters), while others continue to evolve and are still playing an active role in contemporary society (such as cultivated terraces). Some cultural landscapes are considered sacred, especially in places where people possess powerful cultural, religious and often ancestral associations with their natural surroundings.
p dir=”ltr”>For more details, check out the prize’s webpage — and pass it along to anyone who should be nominated!