PAISAIA EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE FOUNDATION
NEW OPPORTUNITIES, FOR OLD LANDSCAPES
WHAT WE DO
Landscapes in many parts of Europe are shaped by traditional, historically established land-use practices. These cultural landscapes are part of Europe’s natural and cultural heritage and reflect a wealth of different management regimes.
Our mission: the PAISAIA European Landscape Foundation acquires, manages and restores land in Europe with the aim to preserve these landscapes, their ecological functions and their integrity, to protect and enhance their biodiversity and to fully recognise their cultural value.
WHY OUR ACTIVITY IS IMPORTANT
Biodiverse, healthy ecosystems and landscapes provide services that are the basis for human well-being. Europe possesses an astonishing wealth of different ecosystems and landscapes, which in many cases are the result of a long history of traditional human land management. At the same time, cultural landscapes in many parts of Europe are threatened and become more and more fragmented. As traditional land use practices are no longer maintained or economically viable, or as a result of socio-economic changes, these landscapes are abandoned, altered or disappear altogether. Other tracts of land are threatened by development and land speculation. Consequently, in many parts of Europe, traditionally managed cultural landscapes and the ecosystem services they provide for people are being lost. Paisaia European Landscape Foundation works with partners across Europe against this trend. It acquires landscapes and manages plots of land in a sustainable way, and thereby conserves and enhances the cultural and natural heritage within and protects them for the future.