16 — 17 June 2008
During June 16 and 17, 2008, the University of Montreal hosted Quebec’s first forum on social demand for landscape. At the initiative of CUPUM and CPEUM, the event gathered over 300 participants interested in the quality of living environments, the identity of our territories, and the appeal and attractions of landscape!
The forum is a response to communities’ increasingly acute awareness of the importance of the quality of landscapes and living environments for their economic and social development. This awareness emerged when urbanization, industrialization, agricultural practices and the proliferation of infrastructures (wind parks, methane terminals, etc.), among others, accelerated the transformation of landscapes.
This first public forum brought together a wide range of stakeholders (community groups, citizens, local and regional government representatives) active in the preservation, enhancement, and development of landscapes. From Iles-de-la-Madeleine to Montérégie, through the Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, Gaspésie and Montreal, individuals, groups and associations expressed their efforts to protect and develop landscapes. They shared their successes but also the difficulties encountered in their work. This event revealed the major public concerns tied to their landscapes and left plenty of room for debate and discussion on the scope and limits of regulatory and legislative tools.
Jean-François Seguin, from the Ministère de l’écologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Énergie (France), and the President of the Conference of the European Landscape Convention were among the VIPs who attended the conference. After 2 days of debate, Mrs. Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division of the Council of Europe, ended the forum with a lecture entitled "The European Landscape Convention, 7 years later: Lessons learned."