Inspired by the European Landscape Convention, ratified on October 20, 2000 in Florence, March 14 has been declared the first National Landscape Day. The intention is to acknowledge the importance of landscape in determining the identity of a country, to be protected and handed down to future generations for sustainable development.
Numerous initiatives are planned to promote awareness and reflection on the theme of landscape by the Superintendencies of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape and by Italian museums, including not only guided tours, walks, educational activities and conferences but initiatives on social networks, such as “Paesaggi Condivisi” (Shared Landscapes), proposed by the Superintendency of L’Aquila and the Crater Cities. On the occasion of the National Landscape Day, the first National Landscape Award, a prize to be presented every two years by MiBACT (Italy’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Ministry) to identify Italy’s candidate for the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe. In the 2016-2017 edition it will be a park project: “Agri Gentium: landscape regeneration” in Agrigento. The projects selected for special mentions out of the 97 candidacies for the national award are: “ Parco Nord Milano: a park for the city, greenery for Europe”; “Ostana: community and territory”, a project by the city of Cuneo appreciated for its ability to get social forces involved in order to combat depopulation and abandonment; “The landscape, our future: Educating the new generations about landscape”, presented by “STEP” School for the Governance of Land and Landscape.