Landscape Architecture and the EU Green Deal/

Organiser: European Union and IFLA Europe

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8 June, 2023


European Union and IFLA Europe


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IFLA EUROPE is participating as partner in EU Green Week events with the objective to encourage individuals, communities and organisations to take stronger action in future – to protect, preserve and restore our landscape and environment. Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. The Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda outlined a clear roadmap to curb climate change. Mitigation and adaptation specify measures to reduce greenhouse gases, on the one hand, and to adapt our environment to new climate scenarios, on the other.

IFLA EUROPE as one of five regions of IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) aims to contribute to the celebration of the 75th IFLA anniversary and to present through this event the future of the profession and its importance to landscape protection and nature conservation. Nowadays, Landscape Architects seek to find new ways to ensure sustainability through the valuation of nature and ecosystem services, to provide qualitative and healthy landscapes, as well as preserving collective memory, heritage and culture, and creating places that anticipate social and economic well-being.

The theme of our online webinar Landscape Architecture and the European Green Deal”, aims to present the valuable and crucial role of Landscape Architecture to respond to European Green Deal challenges. Also to present the new trends towards, -from rural to urban landscapes-, biodiversity recognition, as a source for sustainable economy and development, nature-based solutions, climate change mitigation measures, agricultural policies, to enhance economic and environmental resilience. We need to promote landscape and nature in decision-making, developing a holistic vision regarding cultural, social, political, environmental, and economic balance beyond political borders. Landscape resilience is key to maintaining biodiversity, and landscape architects face two key problems in European landscapes. The key challenge in urban areas is the shrinking of green spaces in competition for land, and the main problem in rural areas is the abandonment of traditional cultivation and intensification of agriculture.


Moderator: – Niek Hazendonk, NVTL Netherlands, IFLA Europe

14.00 – 14.05 Introduction about the topic and IFLA Europe activities, Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President
14.05 – 14.10 Biodiversity in rural areas Niek Hazendonk, NVTL Netherlands – role of landscape architecture in rural areas – relation to EU Green Deal
14.10 – 14.30 Keynote speaker: Berno Strootman,, ‘New Deal for Agricultural Landscapes Proposals for 4 Regions’
14.30 – 14.40 Sustainability: Manuel Marti, Hunter Industries
14.40 – 14.50 Biodiversity in urban areas Tony Williams, ILI Ireland, Chair Climate Change Working Group – position of landscape architects regarding the biodiversity in urban areas
14.50 – 15.00 Sue Morgan, CEO Landscape Institute – case study/best practice
15.00 – 15.10 Sustainability: Jan-Hendrik Schlutter, Vestre
15.10 – 15.30 Questions and comments
15.30 – 16.30 Panel session: Moderator: Haris Piplas, BSLA/FSAP Switzerland, IFLA Europe
– Ruth Reichtsein, JRC/NEB Policy Analyst EU– New European Bauhaus
– Daniela Rizzi, ICLEI/Network Nature Nature and landscape architects
– Dusty Gedge, European Green Roof Federation EFB – joint approach by related professions
– Catherine Vilequin, ECTP-CEU – joint approach by related professions
16.30 – 16.35 Conclusions by moderators
16.35 Closure of the Event by IFLA Europe President Katerina Gkoltsiou

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