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Information platform for the cultural landscape

ESF project no. CZ.1.07/2.4.00/12.0011, 2010 - 2012

The project Information Platform for the Cultural Landscape is aimed at promoting partnerships and institutional networking. The project is supported by the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness and is especially oriented to the development of human potential in research and innovation, notably through post-graduate studies and training of researchers, and networking activities between universities, research centres and the application sphere. The project is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

The project is coordinated by Mendel University in Brno. Project partner institutions are T. G. Masaryk Water Management Research Institute, v.v.i., College of Horticulture and Secondary School of Gardening in Mělnik, Institute of Geonics AS CR, v.v.i., Masaryk University in Brno, Palacký University Olomouc and Global Change Research Centre AS CR, v.v.i.

For a better communication between partners and communication with the target group for each institution that is part of the network, contact points are set up that provide relevant information to interested parties about the services and institutions. Contact Points organize information workshops, open days, awareness lectures in areas of research and development of the platform and offer printed and electronic materials providing information about network activity.

The project aims to link organizations involved and specialized in development and education in areas of research of the cultural landscape. The involvement of partners specialized in the fields of landscape study provides the network of institutions a comprehensive view on the landscape. The network as a whole is able to cover the field of forestry, landscaping, arboriculture, landscape ecology, and the environmental and socio-economic aspects of the management of cultural landscapes, including a wide portfolio of geosciences and water management areas. The purpose of the project is the intensification of relations between individual network elements and forming unique opinion toward the external society.

For better public awareness and improving communication within the network, a web portal www.krajinnasit.cz was created that provides information about the network and its services. The public section contains information about the partnership and conferences, seminars and internships dealing with research and education in the area of a human formed landscape. In the part accessible to registered users, activities for the target group are announced.