Policy Instruments and Methods for the Protection and Maintenance of Historical Agricultural Landscapes in Slovakia

  • Jana ŠpulerováEmail author
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Despite that there are no specific policies intended to preserve or manage the cultural value of agricultural landscapes in Slovakia, several national policy and legal documents are at least partially focused on historical agricultural landscapes, their conservation, management, and landscape planning. Some criteria for the evaluation of historical agricultural landscapes that are defined by legislative documentation include their cultural heritage value and significant landscape elements. Other criteria, such as characteristic landscape, architectural-technical elements, and agricultural land use elements are defined from a scientific point of view. However, many of the terms are unclear and undefined, and they can be treated differently by different stakeholders or groups of users. Therefore, other evaluation criteria and characteristics of historical agricultural landscapes, such as land value and cultural and natural value, should be clearly defined and incorporated in legislative documents. The first step to evaluation is knowledge about the current distribution of historical agricultural landscapes in Slovakia. A methodology for mapping historical structures of agricultural landscapes was developed in this study. The primary characteristics of historical agricultural landscapes were also studied, including the composition of land use elements, the definition of degree of land use, and the forms of anthropogenic relief and their features.


Cultural Heritage Agricultural Landscape Slovak Republic Cultural Landscape Historic Site 
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This study was prepared within the grant project of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences, No. 2/0114/10, “Identification of Purposive Landscape Features as the Basis of Landscape Ecological Research.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Landscape EcologySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovak Republic

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