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The new SUMCULA platform

SUMCULA (Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes) is a permanent and effectively working platform, which will be fully operational before the end of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes (SUMCULA) Project No. 2017-1-SE01-KA203-034570 and is being developed into a worldwide recognised consortium, based on the principles of the European Green Deal. Originally, the partnership started with 13 organisations (universities and non-profit scientific and capacity building organisations) from 10 countries. We have 17 partners, the new ones joined us during the project:

  1. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Coordinating institution. Core competences: marine sciences, climatology, ecology, environmental science, medicine, environmental health, environmental law, heritage and preservation studies, inclusive approaches, the built environments and concepts of landscapes and heritage and preservation, landscape observatories, heritage afloat, craft as a heritage resource for economic development. http://www.gu.se
  1. Region of Västra Götaland, Sweden. Region Västra Götaland is the county council governing the territory Västra Götaland in Sweden. Governance: the Regional Executive Board consists of 15 members, who lead and coordinate Region Västra Götaland’s political activities. There are also committees and boards, for example healthcare committees, hospital and primary healthcare boards, a regional development committee, and environmental and cultural affairs committees. https://www.vgregion.se/en/
  1. University of Pécs, Hungary. Core competences: medicine, pharmacology, epidemiology, environmental health, wildlife ecology, ecosystem services, earth sciences, cultural heritage studies, regional development, strategic planning, adult education, heritage afloat of rivers and lakes, viticultural landscapes, economy of regional planning, tourism, environmental law http://www.pte.hu
  1. Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary (originally University of Pannonia, Veszprém and Keszthely, but the institution changed due to re-organisation and formation of new legal entities). Core competences: agriculture (horticulture, arable farming, animal husbandry, viticulture and enology), soil science (pedology), veterinary sciences, regional development of disadvantaged regions, agro-economy, bio-energy production, sustainable tourism; viticulture, remote sensing & GIS. http://www.szie.hu
  1. Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA), Siófok, Hungary. Core competences: regional infrastructure planning, management of nature reserves and national parks, applied ecology, climate change, lake-management (shallow lakes), cultural heritage of rural areas, national and international project management. https://balatonregion.hu/en/
  1. European Ecocycles Society (EURECYS) Gyöngyös and Kehidakustány, Hungary with official representation in Sweden, Poland, Italy and Spain. Core competences: Earth System Science, sustainable anthropogenic ecological cycles, environmental management, ecotoxicology, landscape conservation, wildlife conservation, regional planning, environmental consultancy, international networking, organisation of conferences, and publishing in the journal ECOCYCLES (ISSN 2416-2140; DOI prefix 10.19040 [Cross Ref]). http://www.ecocycles.net
  1. University of Palermo (UNIPA), Palermo, Italy. Core competences: geology and geomorphology, climatology – climate change, soil science (pedology) and soil conservation, agriculture (horticulture, arable farming, animal husbandry, viticulture, oenology), water resources management in arid environments, environmental protection, waste management, landscape conservation, remote sensing and GIS, landscape architecture. http://www.unipa.it
  1. OTIE – Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economy, Italy. Core competences: applied economics; economic and financial impacts; island contexts; tourism economy; innovation; micro-enterprises; sustainable development approaches (i.e. community-based, cultural, and economic); cultural and natural tourism; sustainable and relational tourism; UNESCO brand; tourism monitoring.
  1. European Society of Soil Conservation (ESSC), Italy. Core competences: soil science (pedology), water and land management, agriculture and climate change, soil monitoring and mapping (GIS and Remote Sensing), soil remediation, soil improvement, conservation agriculture, land use, landscape conservation. http://www.soilconservation.eu/
  1. UniLasalle, Ecole des Métiers de l’Environnement (EME), Bruz, France. Core competences: environmental technologies, environmental chemistry, remediation of polluted landscapes, renewable energy technologies, flu gas cleaning, biogas production, waste management. https://rennes.unilasalle.fr/
  1. Mendel University (MENDELU), Brno, Czech Republic. Core competences: forestry, forest ecosystems, conservation of forest landscapes, landscape dynamics, environmental protection, environmental health and epidemiology, environmental law, GIS and remote sensing. http://www.mendelu.cz
  1. GAIA Education, Findhorn, Scotland, UK. Core competences: ecovillage design and education in the design of ecological settlements, waste management and implementation of zero waste policies, environmental sociology, adult education, capacity building, lifelong learning for a sustainable environment, eco-sociology. http://www.gaiaeducation.org
  1. Slovak Agricultural University (SPU), Nitra, Slovakia. Core competences: agriculture (horticulture, arable farming, animal husbandry, viticulture, oenology), food safety, bioenergy (woody biomass feedstock production, biogas), environmental law, economics, regional development. http://www.uniag.sk
  2. University College of Tourism and Ecology (WSTiE), Sucha Beskidzka, Poland. Core competences: applied ecology, management of nation al parks, environmental sociology, sustainable tourism, tourism-informatics, eco-tourism, cultural tourism, cultural and economic geography, economy, Information Technology, e-learning. http://www.wste.edu.pl
  1. Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. Core competences: environmental science, climate change, viticulture and oenology, biotechnology, medical anthropology, economics and sustainability, environmental law, cultural heritage, applied sociology and conflict management, applied psychology – behaviour assessment. Landscape observatories. http://www.urv.cat
  1. University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Dresden, Germany. Core competences: environmental sciences, soil science, web-based nutrient management in organic farming, hydroponic crop cultivation, vertical phytotron systems, environmental science, urban agriculture, landscape architecture, environmental engineering and resource management. http://www.htw-dresden.de/
  1. AFoReg – aforethought regional R&D (AFoReg Angewandte Forschung & Region), Berlin, Brandenburg & Saxony, Germany. Core competences: regional development, process innovations, research on co-operation and networking & knowledge systems´ applied research, developing social skills & planning online-learning settings, advisory work on finding environmental solutions. http://www.aforeg.de