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Demande sociale en paysage

During a two-day forum, CPEUM listened to individuals and groups who initiated steps for the protection, enhancement and development of landscapes. This forum helped measure the diversity of initiatives while revealing the successes achieved and difficulties encountered.

On 16 and 17 June 2008, the University of Montreal hosted Quebec’s first forum on social demand for landscape. At the initiative of CUPEUM and CPEUM, the event gathered over 300 participants interested in the quality of living environments, the identity of our territories and the attractions of landscape!

The forum came about in considering the communities’ increasingly acute awareness of the importance of quality of landscapes and living environments for their economic and social development. This awareness emerged when urbanization, industrialization, agricultural practices and the proliferation of infrastructures (wind parks, methane terminals, etc.), among others, accelerated the transformation of landscapes.

This first public forum brought together a wide range of stakeholders (community groups, citizens, local and regional government representatives) active in the preservation, enhancement and development of landscapes. From Iles-de-la-Madeleine to Montérégie, through the Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, Gaspésie and Montreal, individuals, groups and associations expressed their efforts to protect and develop landscapes. They shared their successes but also the difficulties encountered in their work. This event revealed the major public concerns with their landscapes and left plenty of room for debate and discussion on the scope and limits of regulatory and legislative tools.

Jean-François Seguin from the Ministère de l’écologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Énergie(France) and president of the Conference of the European Landscape Conventionwere among the VIPs who pronounced the conference. And after two days of debate, Mrs. Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division of the Council of Europe ended the forum with a lecture entitled "The European Landscape Convention, 7 years later: Lessons learned".


  • Scientific direction
  • Governmental monitoring committee
    • Denis Lemieux, Architect and adviser in Architecture, Landscape and Sustainable Development - Direction of readership and policies at the Minister of Culture, Communications, and Status of Women
    • Denis Stonehouse, Landscape Architect - project manager, Direction of research and environment, Environment and Integration Studies Service at the Quebec Ministry of Transport
    • Martin Alarie, Land Use Planning Coordinator, Direction of Planning and Local Development, Communications Department at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    • Yvon Pesant, geographer - Planning and Rural Development Adviser, Eastern Montérégie regional directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
  • Organizing committee

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