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PACE backs opening up landscape treaty to countries worldwide

 PACE has given its green light to a plan to open up the ground-breaking European Landscape Convention to countries worldwide.

The 15-year-old treaty – which helps governments to protect landscapes, whether natural or man-made, in economically viable, sustainable and community-friendly ways – is already in force in 38 European countries. A new protocol to the Convention would open it up to other countries around the world.

Approving an opinion, based on a report by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), PACE’s Standing Committee said opening the treaty to countries beyond Europe would help to spread good practice and Council of Europe values.

The Assembly must be consulted on all new conventions drawn up by governments within the Council of Europe.