IFLA Europe and its members realise fully the importance of green infrastructure and as Landscape architects we support and include ecological principles in the design and development of sites in urban and rural environment. In tackling the problems and perhaps opportunities of climate change and other pressures on our landscapes, we believe that IFLA Europe can work more closely with other disciplines to ensure a realisation of a viable rural green infrastructure.
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. We believe that IFLA Europe, our institutions and members can bring skills that include design, construction and research and add to the body of knowledge required to ensure our efforts to ‘manage our planet’ are successful.
In 2017 our delegate Leor Lovinger from ISALA, Israel, has contributed significantly to scientific Report prepared by the EU Funded project EKLIPSE and the Expert Working Group on Nature-based Solutions to promote climate resilience in urban areas. The Report “An impact evaluation framework to support planning and evaluation of nature-based solutions projects” is focused on three objectives:
1) To develop an impact evaluation framework with a list of criteria for assessing the performance of NBS in dealing with challenges related to climate resilience in urban areas;
2) To prepare an application guide for measuring how NBS projects fare against the identified indicators in delivering multiple environmental, economic and societal benefits;
3) To make recommendations to improve the assessment of the effectiveness of NBS projects, including the identification of knowledge gaps according to the criteria presented in the impact evaluation framework.
Full report available http://www.eklipse-mechanism.eu/nbs_report