Rural landscapes of Europe are products of a thousand-year-old collaboration between human society and nature. They are results of natural and cultural processes, telling the history of ancestors and originally setting the cultural premises of a territory. A rural landscape provides attractive places for people to live, work and visit: agriculture often constitute the main economic activity featuring rural landscapes, while nature tourism is steadily increasing. Rural areas are the home of vital ecosystem services, biodiversity and habitats for many threatened species.
Keeping a balance between protecting, conserving and redeveloping heritage values of rural landscape is the premise for achieving rural regeneration.