Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

Report from a Workshop

image of Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

A substantial part of the cultural landscape and cultural heritage for many European countries is related to agriculture. Agricultural activity in some form is of vital importance in order to maintain and uphold the cultural heritage related to agriculture, however, intensive farming methods is also a major destroyer of cultural heritage. The role of agriculture as an upholder of cultural heritage was the focus of attention for a European workshop in Norway in February 2005 which brought together representatives from the public agricultural and cultural heritage sectors and researchers from The Netherlands, Austria, Estonia, England, and the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. This report presents the status for the link agriculture - cultural heritage in these nine countries and points out some differences as well as mutual characteristics between the national contexts.



Agriculture's role as upholder of the Finnish cultural heritage

The administrative sector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry comprises agriculture, forestry and horticulture, rural development, veterinary medicine and the related control and safety of foodstuffs, fisheries and reindeer and game husbandry, use and management of water resources and land surveying. The tasks also include the funding of agricultural building investments and the related training, cultural environment and rural landscapes.


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