HERCULES is a research project founded through the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) of the EU.


To provide tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values. This will range from academic research on improved modelling of cultural landscapes to the creation of an online tool for collecting and sharing localized knowledge on best practices for cultural landscape conservation, as well as the formulation of policy recommendations resulting from research.


Consortium of 13 partners from European Universities and research institutes, small and medium-sized enterprises and non-governmental organisations.


The work is distributed among the 13 partners all over Europe. Nine specific areas designated as “study landscapes” in Estonia, Greece, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

What’s done

Kick-off meeting – the project has started with a Kick-off meeting of the project partners in Brussels on the on December 2-3, 2013 at the ELO office.

The most versatile communication tool has been launched, the HERCULES website. As one of its main elements a Cultural Landscape Blog has been elaborated to establish a forum for debate around cultural landscapes within and across the communities of landscape science, practice, and policy. Subscribers can reads interesting and sometimes provoking entries from project partners and other experts affiliated with HERCULES.

First EU stakeholder workshop – the first stakeholder workshop at EU level organized by the ELO, entitled European Cultural Landscapes at a Crossroads, took place on May 23, 2014 at the ELO Office, Brussels. The workshop brought together 40 different stakeholders, including policy makers, farmers, practitioners, scientists, NGOs and industry to ensure that all perspectives are considered.

What’s next

First series of local stakeholder workshops will be organized during this autumn in Rh.ne-Alpes (FR), South West Devon (UK), Lesvos (GR), Sierra de Guadarrama (ES), Vooremaa (EE).

For more information

For additional information visit www.hercules-landscapes.eu.

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