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International academics, students and practioners bring a new focus to the landscape of Tartu and South Estonia

The concluding event of the Tartu 2024 Landscape Forum takes place at 11.00 on Friday 28th of June, 2024 in the main hall of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 1a, Tartu.

From 25-28 June the Chair of Landscape Architecture hosted an international event, the 13th LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum. This annual event brings together teachers, students and practitioners of landscape architecture and other landscape-related disciplines to visit, discuss and consider the landscape-related issues of a particular place. This year, in connection with the fact that Tartu and South Estonia is the location of the European Capital of Culture, the organisers decided to focus on this region. Altogether over 70 people participated for all or part of the forum, including Estonian representatives and visitors from all over Europe and beyond. The overall theme of the Forum was “Landscape as the container of the Bioeconomy”, which relates to the national goals and specific activities in Estonia and the focus of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Within this, six themes were discussed – Waterscapes, Forestscapes, Fibrescapes (meaning production of plant and animal fibres), Foodscapes, Recreation and Nature Tourism, and Tartu as a city of active transport. There are also two cross-cutting themes, Landscape and Democracy and Landscape and Economy.

At the end of the forum, on Friday the 28th, from 11.00, presentations will be held and an outcome statement made which summarises the key messages which emerged. The presentations will be followed by a Grand Round Table where invited representatives from Ministries, municipalities and professional organisations will discuss and reflect on the findings and their implications for the region. Among these are the important role the landscape plays in supporting the bioeconomy

The local host of the forum, professor Simon Bell said “It is a great opportunity to obtain the perspectives of academics, practitioners and students from outside Estonia, for whom it often their first visit, to see the landscape through fresh eyes, and to reflect on their observation, questions and the challenges these bring to us.”

Jeroen de Vries, director of the LE:NOTRE Institute, said “From our site visits and from working with our colleagues from the Estonian University of Life Sciences we have gained insights into the Estonian landscape which has so many natural assets and can provide so many benefits if managed properly. All the resources for the bio-economy ultimately come from the landscape, and looking after it is the key to sustainable development. They must also be managed to avoid conflicts and by involving people at all levels the many benefits – market and non-market – can be assured for the future.” Note: The LE:NOTRE Institute’s aims and objectives can be found here,: https://ln-institute.org/about/ and the Forum webpages https://forum.ln-institute.org/

For further information you can contact Professor Simon Bell at simon-bell@emu.ee or +3725056106