IFLA Europe Award 2016 granted to the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
It is the aim of the IFLA Europe to, following its Statutes and Regulations approved in the General Assembly held in Oslo in October2014, to recognise the work of exceptional people who believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world derived from our profession could contribute to its development. IFLA EUROPE feels close to European Commission’s work, objectives and the efforts of DG Biodiversity to develop and facilitate the implementation of policies and legislation that contribute to enabling EU citizens to live well, within the planet’s ecological limits. The policies being pursued will we hope ensure that biodiversity is protected, valued and restored and environment related health risks are minimised in ways to enhance our society’s resilience and where growth has been decoupled from resource use.
IFLA EUROPE and its members realise fully the importance of the work of the European Commission and as
Landscape architects we support and include ecological principles in the design and developments of sites in
urban and rural environment. In tacking the problems and perhaps the opportunities of climate change and
other pressures on our landscapes, we believe that IFLA EUROPE can work more closely with the European
Commission in obtaining mutually shared objectives. The issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, water
and energy management, health and community are challenging humanity and addressing these issues is an
intrinsic part of the work of landscape architects.
The Award was received by Stefan Leiner, Head of the Biodiversity Unit on behalf of the Commissioner Vella. Commissioner Vella’s address at the IFLA Europe General Assembly.