International agency for the protection of Biocultural Landscapes and for a new rurality (AGER)
AGER is an Italian landscape and agri-environmental experts cultural association, located in the city of Turin, whose aim is to identify and promote socio ecological production landscapes (to witch AGER formerly gave the name of: “biocultural landscapes” ) at an international level.
In Italy and in many other countries in Europe, socio ecological production landscapes are largely residual. Today, tracks of socio ecological production landscapes only persist in still cultivated marginal areas, often corresponding to biodiversity hot spots and they represent the demonstration and the memory of a symbiotic and sustainable traditional way of inhabiting and using the territory. AGER activity wants to meet the urgent need to identify residual and “living” biocultural landscapes and to widely promote their communities, in order to conceive new spatial development models, inspired to the traditional ones that have shaped biocultural landscapes themselves, and to prevent rural abandonement by the people who still maintain these landscapes.