Applied geography in theory and practice by Aleksandar Lukic

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The landscape element analysis provides enough data for natural heritage assessment. The whole of the geoarchaeological remains confirms the close relationship between man and territory, with the anthropized features present in the environment. Precisely, the connection between natural and anthropic elements yields an integral assessment of them all. As a consequence, the geographic analysis of those elements resulting from the interaction between man and nature implies the protection of the cultural heritage in a landscape such as the Tiermes Combe.

Areas of common characteristics for natural, semi-natural, agricultural and built up landscapes (urban, semi-urban and rural features) were determined. General landscape types are classified and described on the basis of their essential features and specific characteristics. Within the area of the City of Zagreb we have determined six general landscape types: mountain upland forest landscape, upland hilly mixed landscape, lowland urban landscape, lowland river mixed landscape, lowland rural landscape and hilly rural landscape.

Whether a cultural monument is a ‘masterpiece’ or a ‘unique testimony’ depends on decisions taken by diplomats in UNESCO committees, who not only judge according to highly different standards due to divergent cultural backgrounds but also are subject to governmental directives. Consensus can only be achieved by conferring the decision-making authority on experts. Due to its global communicative reach, scholarship acts as a binding force. The primacy of politics becomes displaced by the primacy of scholarly and scientific expertise.

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