Remarkable landscapes are often found on small islands, they are shaped by human activity and reflect the tenuous link between nature and culture, and make local know-how and practices tangible. Often, these landscapes are strong identity markers for island communities.
Natural and cultural monuments like great landscapes and emblematic structures, (places of worship, prisons or lighthouses...), are symbols of the area, both on physical and cultural levels. History, customs, cuisines, fishing or construction techniques, music, paintings... all these intangible skills deserve to be preserved and valued, just as protected species.
The close ties between nature and culture have led over time to the island landscapes of today. It is necessary to grasp this intricate entirety before implementing any sustainable development program on an island.