Rural landscapes are a vital component of the heritage of humanity. They are also one of the most common
types of continuing cultural landscapes. There is a great diversity of rural landscapes around the world that
represent cultures and cultural traditions. They provide multiple economic and social benefits, multifunctionality, cultural support and ecosystem services for human societies. This document encourages deep
reflection and offers guidance on the ethics, culture, environmental, and sustainable transformation of rural
landscape systems, at all scales, and from international to local administrative levels.