It is the aim of IFLA Europe to recognise the work of exceptional organisations and people who believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world – derived from our profession – could contribute to its development. The award was introduced in 2014 IFLA Europe General Assembly with the objective to recognise the work of exceptional people and organisations thatBbelieve that our way of perceiving and understanding the world – derived from our profession – could contribute to its sustainable development.
The Executive Vice President Timmermans will address the participants of the 2021 IFLA Europe General Assembly which will take place on 22-24 October 2021 in Granada, Spain.
Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, the adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. More recently, the Paris Agreement, the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the EU Green Deal 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. 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 landscape is in the centre of all eyes and Landscape Architects have a lot to contribute, through their expertise and holistic approach.
IFLA Europe is embracing and supporting European Commission and Executive Vice President Timmermans’ collective ambition for enforcement and implementation of EU laws and instruments on climate, energy, environment and related policies, establishing a new climate culture in Europe under a European Climate Pact — bringing together regions, local communities, civil society, industry and schools- enhancing and promoting the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, progressing on the circular economy and the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy for sustainable.
Frans Timmermans is Executive Vice-President of the Commission, leading its work on the European Green Deal – Europe’s roadmap to becoming the first climate-neutral continent. In this role, Frans Timmermans is responsible for implementing the European Green Deal and the first European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU law. He is in charge of stepping up the commitment to the 2030 emission reduction target, increasing it to at least 50% by 2030, and undertaking international negotiations on behalf of the EU to strengthen the ambition of other major emitters by 2021. He leads the Commission’s work on extending the Emissions Trading System and coordinates work on the Just Transition Fund – a key progressive policy from the European elections. He is developing the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Commission’s zero-pollution ambition, the circular economy and the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy, and many other initiatives.
Please watch the address at the 2021 IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada, Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daHiUmbIknc
Madame President [Gkoltsiou], members of the Executive, Council, Delegates, ladies and gentlemen,
I wish I could be there with you in person but unfortunately, in these weeks of outreach before the Glasgow COP 26, my travelling schedule simply made it impossible to add a stopover in Granada. This is really a pity as I am truly honoured to be the recipient of your Europe 2021 Award.
As I am sure you all know, the word landscape actually comes from the Middle Dutch lantscap. In the 16th century, it began denoting the picture of a scenery as a subject of its own right. For the first time since the decline of the Roman Empire, the landscape was back to the foreground.
It was a sign of big changes to come: increasing attention to nature that would contribute to the incipient scientific revolution, and a more inclusive society as the rising middle class demanded landscape paintings as secular art for their homes.
It was also the beginning of your profession. One has to see something to understand it. Has to see all the visible features of an area of land to appreciate their import. And has to appreciate something to improve it – to it.
Your profession is therefore one that, by its very essence, deals with the interconnectedness of things: the human, the social, the natural and the historical.
It is for this reason, as you rightly pointed out in the letter awarding me your prize, that your profession’s way of perceiving and understanding the world can contribute to sustainable development.
The capacity to see the whole and all of its parts at the same time, and to seek to bring them into a balance for a better living for all, that the greatest contribution your
profession can give to the European Green Deal.
It is, after all, the spirit infusing our European Green Deal - a holistic endeavour which is itself sort of a landscaping project. A project aiming to change our economic, technological and legal landscapes to alter the unsustainable and unfair state of the human and natural landscapes today.
Because this is where everything comes together. Landscapes are where we live, how we live, what we live and how we feel about it.
This is why it is so relevant to have complemented the regulatory and financial dimensions of the European Green Deal with the creative dimension of the New European Bauhaus – an initiative of which you are an important participant and to which you will contribute so much.
Shaping more beautiful, sustainable and inclusive forms of living together is, in the end, what we are aiming at.
I recently read how, from the moment the original Bauhaus architects opened façades, allowed light to enter into the building and guided people’s views towards the outside world, interiors could only be conceived in dialogue with exterior spaces.
I believe it is our joint and ever more urgent pursuit to bring forth a dialogue and balance between interiors and exteriors, between built and non-built, between the economic and technological forces relaying on nature, and the natural forces limiting our economic and technological possibilities.
Adaptation, mitigation, resilience.
Sustainability, inclusiveness, beauty.
Our goals are your goals.
From the world to the world: it is only a one-letter difference but it will make all the difference.
Together we can make it. Thanks again for this award, for your commitment to the European Green Deal, and for your support.
The Award was ‘virtually’ received by Ms Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, Focal point for local and regional authorities
On this occasion, Ms van Ham addressed IFLA Europe General Assembly through pre-recorded message https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/IUCN_video_for_IFLA_Europe_October_2020.mp4
“On behalf of the IUCN European Regional Office and our global organisation, we would like to thank you wholeheartedly for this award.It is an honour and presents a milestone in our journey to make the value of nature visible in our European landscapes.
I regret that we cannot meet in person, but in this way I hope to convey our deepest gratitude. Your actions by so many landscape professionals are important in creating awareness and to set the precedent for integrated landscape planning approaches that provide benefits for people, biodiversity and the economy. Bringing nature closer to people with all that it offers to our lifes, not in the least better health and well being, as we all experienced during the corona times, should be an essential part of all economic activities.
The European Green Deal states that all EU policies should contribute to conserving Europe’s natural capital. There is no future business if we do not make nature part of all our decisions and actions across sectors and in landscape planning. This can only be achieved if we restore biodiversity and ecosystems, the mission of this century.
Major changes are needed to achieve this mission and bundling IFLA’s creative ideas and practical experiences with IUCNs global network of expertise and best practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services and the implementation of Nature-based Solutions around the world, will make it possible to respond to a wide range of societal challenges, such a climate change, food, water and energy supplies and health.
IUCN looks forward to strengthen its cooperation with IFLA Europe through knowledge sharing, joint projects for up-scaling NBS and to mobilise investment to integrate nature better in our existing landscapes as well as in new development, to create a healthy liveable and just environment for future generation.”
The award was received by Dusty Gedge, President of European Federation of Green Roof Associations at the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Antalya 2019.
The Award was received on behalf of Europa Nostra by John Sell, Executive Vice President, at the IFLA Europe General Assembly, which took place in Bucharest, Romania, 1-4 June 2017.
The Award was presented to Mr Stefan Leiner, Head of DG Environment Unit for Biodiversity on behalf of Commissioner Carmenu Vella who on that occasion addressed IFLA Europe Delegates through a video message Commissioner Karmenu VELLA address
UNESCO has been granted the award for the leading role it has played since the adoption of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and since the inclusion of Cultural Landscapes on the World Heritage List in 1992. The award was received on behalf of the director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler, by Mr Bernd von Droste, former director of the World Heritage Centre.
IFLA Europe is one of five regional federations that comprise the International Federation of Landscape Architects and promotes the profession of landscape architecture across all countries of the European Union and the broader European region, recognising excellence in educational courses and promoting best practice operations in all member countries. UNESCO has a longstanding relationship with IFLA.
IFLA Europe granted the Silver Jubilee ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ to the Council of Europe at their General Assembly held in Oslo, Norway, on 19 October 2014.
The ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ for Mr Thorbjørn Jagland,Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was presented by Mr Michael Oldham, first President of IFLA Europe, in the presence of Mrs Liv Kristine Mortensen, President of the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention, Mrs Ana Luengo, President of
IFLA Europe, Mrs Marina Cervera, Secretary General of IFLA Europe and the representatives of the National Associations of IFLA Europe.
The Award was given to Mrs Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, who represented the Secretary General on this occasion.