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International conference “Local communities, cultural landscapes and heritage“,  October 6-8, 2016 was held in Estonia, Lahemaa National Park manors and villages organised by the Environmental Board of Estonia in cooperation with Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts and ICOMOS Estonia. The conference was dedicated to Lahemaa National Park’s 45th anniversary.

During the first day of the conference the issues of heritage management in theory and practice were explored and the keynote speakers focused on protection of world and local heritages, community-based heritage protection, holistic approach to cultural heritage protection as well as round table discussion was held “How to promote community-centered heritage protection?’.

The second day more attention was paid to management of valuable cultural landscapes and keynote speakers talked about protection and management of agricultural landscapes, enhancing understanding and governance of cultural landscapes as well as round table discussion “How to guarantee sustainable management of agricultural landscapes – new challenges” was held.

Dr. Anda Ruskule, project’s LIFE Viva Grass expert, held the presentation “Good practice on viabale grassland management”. The good practice examples of grassland management investigated by the project show that the solutions lie in multi-functional use of grasslands, diversification of income and building of co-operation networks within local communities.

The participants of this conference were experts in the field, heritage practitioners and members of local communities of protected areas. More information about the conference please find here:

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