Landscape character as a framework for the assessment of environmental change
In the context of widespread changes in European rural landscapes we underline the importance of considering threats to landscape functions relating to a sense of place, exemplified using the concept of landscape character. Illustrating our argument with examples from the English CQC (Countryside Quality Counts) Project we strongly suggest to move “beyond data” in the strategic assessment of environmental change. Supplementing data on the extent and quantity of changes with contextual information against which to judge “whether these changes matter” in a particular location is vital for the practical use of change data in policy support and environmental assessments.
Keywords: Landscape character; land use change; environmental assessment; joint character area
KeywordsLand Cover Contextual Information Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Environmental Security European Environment Agency
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