Enhancing the Quebec landscape

In Québec, the emergence of the issue of landscape figures among the most prominent events of the last decade when it comes to territorial land use planning and development. The adoption of the "man-made landscape" status in 2002, the 2005 consultations on Quebec's Sustainable Development Act, as well as the new statute for the enhancement of heritage cultural landscapes proposed in the Cultural Heritage Act, bear witness to the new importance accorded to the protection, enhancement and development of landscapes. 

The speed at which this interest has developed poses several challenges for planning specialists. They need to comprehend and communicate present landscape characteristics, understand their evolution and acquire the knowledge and frames of references necessary for determining and guiding interventions. The Chaire UNESCO en paysage et environnement (UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design) at Université de Montréal, directed by Gérald Domon, has developed the Quebec Landscape Management Guide - Reading, understanding and enhancing the landscape. Published by the Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women and distributed free of charge, this guide, which is available in both English and French, is based on the results of research carried out by the Chair. 

This guide constitutes a frame of reference for those working in the field of landscape management. It provides information and concrete methods for landscape diagnosis, explains regulatory measures, introduces tools for raising awareness, and provides examples of good landscape protection, evaluation and development practice. Conceived as a "toolkit" for Quebec's regions, the guide is applicable to a wide variety of territorial and social contexts.


Chaire UNESCO en paysage et environnement


Gérald Domon, Université de Montréal

Regular members

  • Christopher Robin Bryant, Université de Montréal 
  • Sylvain Paquette, Université de Montréal 
  • Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Université de Montréal