Farming the historic landscape

This publication offers recommendations with regard to cultural heritage in the context of the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which takes effect in 2020.

Historical cultural landscape and Common Agricultural Policy

To a significant extent, the future of the landscape is determined by agriculture. Agricultural practices are largely prescribed by the EU and laid down in the Common Agricultural Policy. The CAP has a direct bearing on how our landscape will look like in years to come, and is revised every few years. The purpose of this publication – or lobbying document  – is to position cultural heritage, and more specifically the historical cultural landscape, within the new Common Agricultural Policy. The document issues recommendations and cites examples of successful combinations of agricultural practices and heritage care, but it also indicates where there is still room for improvement.


Author: Edwin Raap
The Reflection Group EU and Cultural Heritage, 2017