The SAVINSCAPES project is a project developed within the European Erasmus Plus programme.
The main objective of the project is to improve landscape awareness and collaborative governance of cultural and natural landscapes through innovative learning interventions in higher education. The project aims to answer the following question: how can citizens, stakeholders and different types of actors at various scales collaborate in the governance of a landscape? Particular attention is given to the empowerment of methods to achieve collaborative planning and to improve the flow of communication between local and regional authorities, planners and environmental managers, NGOs and citizens.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Promote an integrated landscape approach to land use and environmental management;
  • Enhance civic engagement to promote pro-environmental behaviors towards everyday and threatened landscapes;
  • Promote the use of “Citizen Science” and participatory methods as tools for landscape planning and management;
  • Design innovative learning environments and interventions for landscape education to ensure collaboration and knowledge creation.

The expected results of this education and training project are multiple and can be distinguished as follows.
(i) social outcomes, such as: the promotion of the use of an integrated approach in the study of landscape; the improvement of the awareness of landscape values and of the predisposition of citizens/local actors to engage and act for the safeguard of “their” local landscape; the establishment of a better communication flow between policy makers, authorities and citizens; the stimulus to use innovative methodologies and tools with an active involvement of citizens and local actors.
(ii) scientific results: the contribution to the theoretical discussion on the holistic nature of landscape; the rise of methodological awareness in the study of landscape; the elaboration of the connection between the landscape approach and citizen science; the emphasis on the idea of open science.
(iii) educational outcomes: to increase students’ skills in reading the territory and landscape and contribute to the acquisition of key citizenship skills and the ability to identify and recognize key connections between different systems.