D4 Published development or research report or study
Maiseman luonne : luonnealuearviointi maisemademokratian edistäjänä (2024)
Landscape Character : Character Area Assessment Promotes Landscape Democracy

Sarkoranta, S., Kukola, H., Lonkila, H., & Häyrynen, M. (2024). Maiseman luonne : luonnealuearviointi maisemademokratian edistäjänä. Ympäristöministeriö. Ympäristöministeriön julkaisuja, 2024:11. https://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-361-178-8

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsSarkoranta, Satu; Kukola, Hanna; Lonkila, Helena; Häyrynen, Maunu


Journal or seriesYmpäristöministeriön julkaisuja



Publication year2024

Publication date31/03/2024

Number in series2024:11

Number of pages in the book98


Place of PublicationHelsinki

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttps://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-361-178-8

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/94211

Additional informationTiivistelmä myös ruotsiksi: Landskapets karaktär : karaktärområdesbedömning för att främja landskapsdemokratin


The report discusses the landscape character area assessment method in light of international research and case studies. The aim is to promote the implementation of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention and the Faro Convention and strengthen landscape democracy and citizens’ participation. Landscape character area assessment enables to combine multidisciplinary data in the process at different scales. This means that cross-sectoral and comprehensive landscape data is available to support land use planning and experimental knowledge of stakeholders can be incorporated into the definition of character areas. The report explores the terminology and background of landscape character area assessment and the scientific discussion and example projects. The case studies test the applicability of the method to two sites in Finland, Laitila village based around a church and Yyterinniemi peninsula in Pori. To conclude, a model is presented for a landscape character area assessment to be applied in Finland, including the possibilities for using the method and needs for further study. The method is composed of the consideration of spatial data and field work. The spatial data considered comprises physical landscape features, landscape history presented as maps and data on participation. The unique character of the landscape and its components and the boundaries of the character areas are obtained by combining the two perspectives. Landscape character areas that are similar to each other can be combined into landscape character types.

Keywordslandscapecultural landscapeevaluationcultural environmentnatural heritagecultural heritagesustainable developmentenvironmental policycultural policylegislationstrategy worknature

Free keywordsLaitila, Pori; landscape character area assessment; landscape data; participation data; landscape policy; cultural heritage policy; strategy and programme work

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2024

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