ISCCL – Cultural Landscapes

International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes

Cultural landscapes, for the purpose of the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL), comprise designed, evolved and associative landscapes as defined in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The purpose of the ISCCL is to promote world-wide cooperation in the identification, increased awareness, study, education and training for protection, preservation, restoration, monitoring, and management of cultural landscapes. The ISCCL collaborates and works with the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and with the UNESCO (in regard to World Heritage). The ISCCL maintains an institutional record of its activities and work. Visit the Cultural Landscapes website.

The ISCCL has its origins in the ICOMOS-IFLA International Committee for Historic Gardens, established in 1971. At its meeting in Florence in May 1981, that Committee drew up a charter on the preservation of historic gardens, The Florence Charter, which was adopted by ICOMOS in December 1982. In 1998, the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes was formed. In 2005 the ISC was re-titled the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes to reflect the broadening of its scope with regard to designed, evolved and associative landscapes and in accord with ICOMOS’s 2005 Eger Xi-an Principles. The ISCCL prepared statutes in accord with the Eger Xi-an Principles that were finalised in 2009 and can be viewed on the ISCCL website (noted above).

The current President of the ISCCL is Mónica Luengo (Spain), the Vice-President for the ISCCL’s Asia-Pacific Region is Shintaro Sugio (Japan) and the secretariat is run by Marie-Jeanne Geerts (Belgium). Recent meetings of the ISCCL have taken place in Oslo, Norway (2008), Vermont, USA, and Quebec, Canada (2008), Milan, Italy, and Tokyo, Japan (2009), Istanbul, Turkey (October 2010) and Paris (November 2011). The 2012 meeting of the ISC will take place in Hangzou, China (October 2012). The Australian members of the ISCCL (listed below) participate in the ISCCL work of evaluating World Heritage nominations, preparing an inventory card (checklist for cultural landscape identification), providing an inventory of Australian heritage gardens, preparation of World Heritage Evaluation Guidelines for cultural landscapes and contributing to the preparation of an international cultural landscape bibliography.

Within Australia ICOMOS, Juliet Ramsay has established an informal working group to share information on the work of the ISCCL, draw comment on the work being undertaken by the ISCCL and gain information on cultural landscape issues across Australia. Any member of Australia ICOMOS is welcome to join the group. (Email Juliet). The Australian membership of the ISCCL provides annual reports on ISC activities undertaken by Australian ISCCL members to the ISCCL Secretariat and as well, provides a report on the ISC activities to the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee. The ISCCL Australian group managed the ‘Mountains of Meaning’ component of the Celebrating Mountains conference in 2002 and ran a cultural landscapes evening in Canberra in 2007.

In recent years, Australian members of the ISCCL and the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes have worked closely together. These two ISC groups, through the ANU’s Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts, have run two workshops (August 2009; July 2010; April 2012). A work program has been developed by the combined group which will include: the development of illustrated material on cultural landscapes and cultural routes; preparation and publication of a bibliography; collaboration with IUCN in developing methodologies for Australian heritage practice that effectively integrate natural and cultural values; and developing ways (seminars, conferences) to deliver information on cultural landscapes and cultural routes across Australia.

Australian Members

  • Ms Juliet Ramsay – Expert - Advisory Board Member
  • Prof Ken Taylor – Expert
  • Mr Steve Brown – Expert
    Australian voting member
    Email Steve
  • Mr Stuart Read – Expert
  • Ms Rachel Jackson – Expert
  • Ms Jane Lennon – Expert