How we benefit from our landscapes
Landscapes provide people with:
Pleasant surroundings and amenity
The attractiveness and amenity of our everyday landscapes are important for the quality of peoples lives.
Permanence and continuity
From a human perspective, many elements of the landscape are fixed or change very slowly providing a strong sense of place and reassurance.
Memories and associations
Individuals and communities may associate certain landscapes with particular experiences.
Diversity and character
The distinctiveness and character of our landscapes helps define a sense of place at both the local and regional level.
All of India’s landscapes are part of our national identity, but some project a sense of nationality and are considered national icons.
Scenic quality, beauty and aesthetics
Many of India’s rural landscapes are valued for their natural beauty and attractiveness. The aesthetic qualities and attractiveness of our townscapes and individual buildings are also important.
Health and well being
Attractive and accessible landscapes invite and encourage physical activity. They can provide escape from the pace of modern living and give us better insight into our past and culture. Closer engagement with them is therefore good for our individual health and well-being both mental and physical.
Restoring degraded landscapes, engaging local people in their history and biodiversity and involving people more generally in decision making and management can also help build stronger communities.
Enjoyment and recreation
Our landscapes provide a very wide range of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, ranging from local greenspace and urban parks through to remote mountains and coasts. All offer relaxation, challenge, and inspiration and an opportunity to experience first hand our natural and cultural heritage.
In addition to providing a setting for contact with the natural world and built environment, our landscapes provide a vital record of our past and insight into people we were and places we lived. They provide a range of opportunities for learning about the natural and cultural heritage and also settings for formal and informal learning activity.