The landscapes of Europe have altered rapidly over the last few decades. In the past 50 years we have seen significant and unprecedented human impacts on our landscapes. We desperately need a vision for a more sustainable future land use. The European VOLANTE project designed a roadmap for future land resource management in Europe, and successfully presented this to 75 policymakers in Brussels 21 April. Representatives from the European Commission, NGO’s, professional organisations and national and regional institutions confirmed the timeliness of the endeavour: although there exists no land use policy in the EU nor in many of its member states, numerous existing policies have important unintended effects on land use.