A landscape as defined by the European Landscape Convention (article 1 a) is ‘an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.’ Quarries are a significant part of our cultural heritage. The quarries themselves and the skills involved in quarrying stone materials for tools and dimensional stone can be considered as the starting point of Europe’s heritage in art and architecture.
Cases of success and how a policy can push actions towards the correct direction. This initiative has been promoted by these two players: DGEG (Portuguese Mining Authority) and EDM (State owned company). EDM-Empresa Desenvolvimento Mineiro, is a Portuguese State owned company, operating in the areas of Environment and Mineral Resources with license granted by the Portuguese Government. EDM develops and conducts the environmental remediation and monitoring of abandoned mining sites in Portugal, guaranteeing protection of the public interest and the preservation of the environmental heritage of the degraded mining areas.