The HERCULES (“Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES”) project strives for the empowerment of public and private actors to protect, manage, and plan for sustainable landscapes at local, national, and Pan-European scales.

Key features

HERCULES, a collaborative project funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme, has the following key research aims:

  • to synthesize existing knowledge on the drivers, patterns, and outcomes of persistence and change in European cultural landscapes
  • to close knowledge gaps regarding the dynamics and social-ecological values of cultural landscapes
  • to generate tools for landscape observation and modeling in order to understand values of and threats to cultural landscapes in Europe
  • to develop a strong vision of pathways towards protecting landscape services
  • to provide policy makers and practitioners with a cutting-edge Knowledge Hub to guide decision-making for the benefit of cultural landscapes

Led by

Tobias Plieninger (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Additional Partners

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • Conseil Innovation Management et Environnement (France)
  • European Landowners’ Organization (Belgium)
  • Forest Communications (UK)
  • Landscape Research Group (UK)
  • Sinergise Ltd (Slovenia)
  • VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
  • Tallinn University (Estonia)
  • University of Freiburg (Germany)
  • University of the Aegean (Greece)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
Photo: Claudia Bieling




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