Working Group members:
- Francesca Neonato, Professor in Environmental and Applied Botany, Politecnico of Milano, expert in regenerative agriculture
- Lena Athanassiadou, School of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, vice President Communications of PHALA and IFLA Europe Delegate
- Steffi Schüeppel, chairwoman of the BDLA Saxony, the German Landscape Architecture Association, and member of AIAPP - Italian Association of Landscape Architecture
- Nicoletta Piersantelli, Secretary of AIAPP Ligurian Section, member of Genoa Architect Foundation Board, expert in participatory processes and stakeholder engagement
- Manuel Sanchez Hernandez, expert in restoration of historical gardens and cultural landscapes, Director of the Cien en el Jardín and of the Extremadura Landscape Festival, IFLA Europe Delegate
● make European inventory of agricultural heritage systems according to GIAHS guidelines; Investigate and promote the submission of potential GIAHS sites all over in Europe
● Create an information leafleton on Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS importance, first to increase awareness of landscape architects and eventually of a larger public;
● Share knowledge about EU policies concerning Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, with a specific focus on the EU Conservation Agriculture (EIP-AGRI), the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork strategy as core topic of the European Green Deal, in order to raise the awareness about the value of rural landscapes as material and immaterial heritage and improving their planning and designing;
● Promote the profession of landscape architects at EU level, especially in the European Commission, raise the overall awareness of competences of landscape architects related to Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, while fulfilling the strategic aims of the EU;
● Represent landscape architecture as a profession at relevant scientific, professional and awareness raising events dedicated to Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, both nationally and internationally.
Agricultural Landscape, when is sustainably cultivated, is an expression of human biodiversity linked to a wider concept of biodiversity, the result of a co-evolution process between man and nature.
GIAHS is a FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) Global Partnership Initiative on conservation and adaptive management. The programme is based on the search for economic viability of the system, the identification of environmentally sustainable strategies in the face of growing climate change, and the empowerment of small holder/traditional family farming and indigenous communities.
The resilience of many GIAHS sites has been developed and adapted to cope with climatic variability and change, i.e. natural hazards, new technologies and changing social
and political situations, so as to ensure food and livelihood security and alleviate risk. Dynamic conservation strategies and processes allow maintaining biodiversity and essential ecosystem services thanks to continuous innovation, transfer between generations and exchange with other communities and ecosystems. The wealth and breadth of accumulated knowledge and experience in the management and use of resources is a globally significant treasure that needs to be promoted and conserved and, at the same time, allowed to evolve.