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

Objectives:

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.



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INNOLAND Project

​Landscape architecture is about creating great cities, streets, parks and public spaces – spaces that inspire healthy living and well being while protecting natural environments and pleasing people. Landscape Architecture is about creating safe, sustainable and resilient landscapes that evolve but endure over time. Landscape Architecture is perfectly positioned to respond to urgent issues of our time, e.g. mitigating climate change and contributing to the sustainability of both individual sites and cities as a whole.

Higher education institutions play a major role in educating Landscape Architects who will take decisions about our future environment. Although European regulation (e.g. concerning environment, competition in internal EU market or professional qualifications) has impact on the professional work of landscape architects across Europe, there are still no standards regarding the content of the European higher education of Landscape Architects, inducing barriers for lifelong learning, recognition, and mobility.

Common Training Framework (CTF) is knowledge, skills and competences necessary for the pursuit of a specific profession, defining what a person is able to know, to understand and to do. By harmonising the education and training requirements of landscape architecture professionals through the CTF, the EU will ensure free movement of professionals across the EU. The Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (PQD) emphasises, that Professional qualifications obtained under CTFs should automatically be recognised by the Member States.

Such actions are highly supported by the EU. The renewed EU agenda for HE, adopted by the Commission in May 2017, identifies enhanced mobility and cooperation in higher education among its key goals. The Paris Communiqué (2018), highlighting priority activities in this area for the coming years, calls for securing a sustainable future through higher educations. These ambitions are in line with the goal of the EU to create European Education Area by 2025, to promote mobility and academic recognition of qualifications for all EU citizens, leading to free movement of workers - one of the four fundamental freedoms of the Union.

Herewith, InnoLAND aims to facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications of landscape architecture professionals in the EU by developing the Common Training Framework for the Profession along with relevant tools to support its implementation.

The specific objectives include:

i) implementing PQD requirements to foster automatic recognition of LA profession in Europe;

ii) establishing pan-European quality standards for LA study programmes and homogenizing landscape architecture education in Europe; and

iii) developing an exemplar master study programme framework in line with the European CTF.

To harmonise the higher education of the landscape architecture professionals, InnoLAND targets higher educations institutions and landscape architecture schools in the EU. Additionally, practicing landscape architects, European and national Landscape Architecture associations and regulatory bodies will be involved to achieve the aims and objectives of the project.

The key strength of InnoLAND project is the high pan-European ambition and the strong consortium endowed with means to achieve it. The consortium consists of 5 Higher Educations institutions, covering geographical Europe from the North to the South - Finland, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria, Portugal – contributing with knowledge and experience on varying landscapes, study programmes, regulation of the profession, and European mobility experience. Additionally, two landscape architects’ associations join the project to ensure access to the most prominent landscape architecture knowledge and education (LE:NOTRE, the Netherlands), the target group of landscape architecture professionals, and access to the responsible bodies in the European Commission (IFLA Europe, Belgium).

The project envisages expert workshops, analysis and stakeholder involvement to develop CTF for the profession of landscape architects in Europe. To secure the implementation of CTF, the consortium will provide national regulatory bodies with recommendations, and higher education institutions will be offered an efficient up-to date self-assessment tool and a module-based advanced master study programme.

CTF will finally fulfill the requirement imposed by Art. 49a of the PQD and serve as the most important instrument for quality and competitiveness of higher educations with regard to the profession of landscape architects in the EU. InnoLAND will also result in a developed basis for recognition of landscape architecture study programmes by IFLA Europe and ECLAS, leading to increased advanced learning and study opportunities for landscape architects. The fulfillment of an important precondition for automatic recognition of landscape architecture professional qualification based on Art. 49a of the PQD will contribute to increased mobility of high-level LA professionals across the EU; it will improve the quality and global competitiveness of the European HE. It will also affect reaching Sustainable Development Goals and SDG Agenda 2030 as adopted by the UN (2015), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2016) and the European Green Deal (2019).

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Reference documents

- European Landscape Convention

- Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects prepared by Michael Oldham and presented at the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention in May 2019 and adopted by the Council of Europe Council of Ministers on 16 October 2019.

- LandscapeArchitects and their role in Heritage Conservation_EN

- Landscape Architects and their role in Heritage Conservation_FR

prepared by IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group. The “European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century” is the most farfetched and ambitious programme in Europe as regards the joint action in the field of culture and cultural heritage of all European nations. It is a great success that landscape architects are listed as one of the specialised professions in heritage conservation, and this fact-sheet will be a good tool for practitioners, as the CoE recommends the governments of the member States to “embrace and implement the strategy appended to this recommendation, at the appropriate governance levels, in compliance with their applicable national legal provisions and practice”

- IFLA Europe Statutes

- IFLA Europe Code of Ethics

- IFLA Europe Regulations

- CELA - Charter of European Landscape Architect

- IFLA Golden Books



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Professional Movement

The principle concerning the free movement of professional landscape architects within Europe has been accepted for several years and is incorporated both in European Community Law and the Statutes of IFLA Europe. Nevertheless, from time to time difficulties arise which are frustrating.

Legal framework

The legal framework concerning professional movement between associations is defined by two main documents: Directive 2005/36/EC and IFLA Europe Regulations. Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications came into force in 2007. The Directive is a cornerstone of the EC Internal Market Strategy for Services laid out in Lisbon in March 2000 and encapsulates the right to pursue a profession, in a self-employed or employed capacity, in a Member State other than the one in which they have obtained their professional qualifications.

Article 8.11 of the current draft IFLA Europe Regulations state that:

8.11 - National or multi-national professional associations who wish to become Effective members of IFLA Europe shall accept applications for membership from graduates of all specifically recognised landscape architecture programmes in member countries of IFLA Europe, subject to whatever additional professional practice requirements may be suggested or recommended by the specific association.

There is therefore already a desire as well as a legal obligation for member associations to facilitate the ability of professional landscape architects to migrate between associations

Following the decision adopted at IFLA Europe’s General Assembly in Oslo in 2014 to foster a more cohesive Federation that would strongly support the mobility of professionals in Europe, IFLAEurope launched Professional Movement between Associations project that will help us be aware of obstacles of mobility existing within our countries.

IFLA Europe transnational membership Form to assist migration of professionally qualified landscape architects betweenIFLA Europe members which will assist the migration of professionally qualified landscape architects.

This form has been produced by IFLA EUROPE to assist the process of migration of professionally qualified landscape architects from one professional association to another - between member countries of IFLA EUROPE. Once completed (this must include the ATTESTATION from the professional association that the applicant is currently a member of) a copy of the form should be sent to the secretariat@iflaeurope.eu that will date and register the application.




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History of IFLA Europe

IFLA Europe, European Region of International Federation of Landscape Architects - was established on 4 April 1989 as European Foundation for Landscape Architecture in order to specifically address European landscape architectural educational and professional issues.It was formed by representatives of 12 National Associations – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, plus Ireland and Greece whose representatives were not present at the meeting.

Today IFLA Europe has 34 members and represents more than 20.000 landscape architects across Europe!

1900 – 1939

This period represents the initial development of professional bodies representing the emerging profession of Landscape Architects in many European countries and non-European countries. Many of these bodies introduced structures and controls for the education and practice of the profession. A close relationship was subsequently built up between the professional bodies and education establishments which at that time were mostly associated with universities.

1948 The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

In 1948 the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) was founded in Cambridge, England with Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe as its first President. It represented 15 states from Europe and North America. Later, in 1978, the IFLA’s headquarters were established in Versailles, France. The present headquarters of IFLA are in France. IFLA currently represents 76 member professional associations from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

1965 – 2012 Recognition of the profession by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

In 1965, IFLA was first admitted to “Category C” of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).[1] In 1970 IFLA advanced to “Category B”. Finally, in 1987, after many years of discussion with UNESCO and after intensive collaboration, especially with the Division of Cultural Heritage, IFLA was admitted to “Category A”, thus achieving an important landmark for the profession. In July 2012 the IFLA/UNESCO Charter was agreed for landscape architecture education. It expressed the wish to:

improve the quality of life for communities and all the inhabitants and users;

recognise and nurture cultural diversity and biodiversity;

add social and cultural value to sites and outdoor public spaces;

promote an approach to landscape planning and design interventions which enhances social sustainability, cultural and aesthetic needs, and the physical requirements of people;

employ an ecological approach to land use planning, design and landscape generation that ensures sustainable development of the built environment through the appropriate integration of biological, land, water and atmospheric systems;

recognise the role of public realm landscape as a place for social and cultural expression interchange and make these accessible to all individuals and communities;

promote equity through work with disadvantaged groups or communities and the development of solutions that are affordable and accessible to the broad population.

This charter has helped establish the professional scope of landscape architects and the objectives of their training. These include the interdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture, which encompasses the humanities, natural and social sciences, technology and the creative arts, without forgetting the context of public, social and environmental policies, which help to establish an ethical framework for professional decision making.

1968 Recognition of the profession by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

In some states, the profession is still very closely associated with the study of architecture. Paradoxically though, as is the case in France, Italy and Spain, architects still dispute the use of the title of landscape architect. However, 50 years ago, in 1968, the profession of landscape architect, having by then already existed in Europe for 50 or so years and a hundred years elsewhere, was officially recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva in a chapter entitled “Architects and Town Planners”. In the most recent edition of ISCO 08, the International Standard Classification of Occupations published by the ILO (2012), landscape architects are classed in group 2162, next to Building Architects in group 2161. On 29 August 1987, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) was admitted by UNESCO as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with an official working relationship with UNESCO.

1989 The European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) and the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe)

In the same year, 1987, the European Commission decided that sectoral directives in distinct professions were no longer viable; the process of achieving them had been too lengthy and hugely inefficient. This resulted in Directive 89/48/EEC being issued on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years’ duration. The national professional associations representing the 12 member states of the European Economic Community at that time recognised the immediate need to come together more formally, to harmonise both professional training and practice in the field of landscape architecture. The result was the establishment of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) in 1989.

Other organisations rapidly formed around EFLA, including affiliated professional bodies representing landscape architects from European states that are not members of the European Union, as well as other organisations, bringing together both students and schools. The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) was convened by the Berlin Technical University in 1989. In the same year, the European Landscape Architecture Students’ Association (ELASA) was formed, the principal objective of which was “to increase the possibilities for collaboration and exchange between students of landscape architecture throughout Europe, by means of improving the circulation of information and ideas”.

One of the principal objectives of EFLA was to establish a common base for the mainstream professional training of landscape architects and to support this with a network of recognised schools throughout Europe. This was assisted by a Schools Recognition Panel which was established to both help with the development of schools of landscape architecture and to regulate their performance and adherence to the standards set by EFLA.

Finally, at the beginning of the 2000s, the world international body, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), underwent several important structural changes and EFLA became the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe). This succeeding organisation effectively inherited the statutes,
regulations and legal status of EFLA as a non-profit making organisation registered under Belgian law. IFLA Europe comprises 34 national representative organisations. As a non-governmental organisation, it not only aims to defend the landscape architecture profession, recognising excellence in professional training courses and promoting the best practice operations in all member states, but also strives to influence and enhance the quality of the landscape.

This is now the body which represents the profession across Europe. The membership of this body, which includes member states of the European Union, now more closely reflects the current membership of the Council of Europe. IFLA Europe is included as an observer to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and the Council of Europe Conferences on the European Landscape Convention. IFLA Europe has a commitment to close collaboration with the Council of Europe, in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the European Landscape Convention.

In recent years, IFLA Europe has contributed to this process by providing documents on several topics: Landscape Democracy (Oslo Resolution 2014); Cultural Landscapes (Lisbon Resolution 2015); Urban Landscapes (Brussels Resolution 2016); Migration (Bucharest Resolution 2017), Climate Challenges (London Resolution 2018) and Landscapes as Shared Memories (Antalya Resolution 2019). The objective is to encourage a dialogue not only at European level but also between professionals and citizens alike, to promote actions in favour of landscape.

Professional associations with membership of IFLA Europe exist in the following 34 states; Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


2018 Charter - International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe)

A charter was agreed and adopted by IFLA Europe’s General Assembly at its meeting in London on 9 September 2018. This Charter not only brings together in a single document the details of the organisation and the governance of the body, but also the core requirements for professional training, including reference to the School Recognition Panel, public and private practice, the responsibilities of liberal professionals, intellectual property, professional independence and probity, and also states the organisation’s close reference to the objectives of the European Landscape Convention.

Importantly, it defines a landscape architect as “a professionally qualified person recognised by an IFLA registered professional association (or otherwise, as regulated by national law) operating in the field of landscape architecture”.

Landscape architecture is defined as “the profession that applies aesthetic and scientific principles to the analysis, planning and management of both natural and built environments” (as it is also defined by the European Landscape Convention).

We believe that formally recognising this professionally qualified person would be a joint responsibility of national governments, the Council of Europe and the European Commission, working in conjunction with the national associations of landscape architects.

However, in this last respect, as the Charter states, there is also a responsibility for national professional associations to play their part in this process by becoming, if necessary, self-regulatory bodies, involved in professional training and practice, controlling, monitoring and sanctioning, where necessary, the activities of their members, in order to ensure probity, quality of service and consumer protection for the benefit of the public and the clients they serve.

[1] UNESCO Categories: Category A: consultative and associate relationship (major effective contribution to UNESCO’s work, expanding activities in common, promoting international co-ordination); Category B: information and consultative relationship; Category C: mutual information relationship.



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Youth competition 2019

Winner of 1st prize in both categories A Conceptual Ideas and B Realised projects is Cemil Aktaş with two projets

- Börklüce MustafaMemorial and Surrounding area design Project

- Rusumat NO : 4 Design Project.










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Aim of the competition

IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition gives you a chance to share your projects, ideas and sites with landscape architecture practitioners throughout Europe. The competition aims to help up and coming designers to get exposure for their projects and work. Any European landscape architect (a student or a professional under the age of 35) can submit their project- “page” to the catalogue which will be available both online and in printed format. The “page” is your competition entry. For the details on the competition please refer to the Rules and Regulations https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/general/rules-and-regulations.

2020 IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition “Footprints in Landscape’

We are facing the effects that climate change and catastrophic warming of the Earth have on our environment. How can landscape architects respond? What solutions do we have? And must we improve the knowledge of landscape architects?

Macro Footprints in Landscape

It is important to look at the large scale projects. Macro Footprint in Landscape that we are dealing with: large interventions in landscape and nature, such as development and expansion of cities and increasing the number of urban dwellers, diversified energy generation, new energy sources, changed climates and blue-green infrastructure solutions. How are we dealing with these big projects and what solutions do we have as landscape architects to solve these projects? Which professional groups do we need to work with in order to achieve better results? What needs to be changed in order to better handle the big projects of the future?

Micro Footprints in Landscape

We are also dealing with projects on a smaller scale and making changes to the infrastructure of the urban areas. How do we get more people to walk, ride bikes or use eco-friendly transportation to reduce car traffic and pollution? How do we improve public health and make people feel better? What design and implementation solutions do we have? How
can we achieve better results and convince our clients to invest in a quality and beautiful environment that is open to the sky? The latest project in the urban community in Iceland is the focus on the city line and its surroundings. How do we reduce car traffic and increase walking and cycling? What solutions do we have in the small footprint and the small steps to take towards more sustainable communities?



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ELASA

ELASA is European Landscape Architecture Student Association which promotes cooperation, exchange and mobility of the students within the association and also gives support for developing landscaping ideas and concepts across Europe. The association itself has around 1000 members and operates in a close connection with the IFLA, IFLA Europe and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS).

Each year an annual meeting (summer) and a smaller mini-meeting (spring) are organised. Every meeting is organised in a different country by landscape architecture students of a university from that country.

ELASA shapes landscape architecture students from all over Europe. Each country is represented by a country representative. ELASA meetings are really important for the association because this is one of the main ways of keeping communication, sharing information and planning the next meetings.

IFLA Europe provides funds each year for ELASA representatives to join IFLA Europe Delegates and Executive Council at the General Assembly and present ELASA and their activities.

To find out more about ELASA please visit their website ELASA

ELASA was present at the IFLA Europe General Assembly held online on 17 October 2020! Alice Narep, ELASA Representative addressed all participants on this occasion and presented ELASA’s activities!

ELASA Presentation at 2020 IFLA Europe General Assembly



News from ELASA:

2020 annual meeting in Bulgaria - postponed. T

2021 Mini-meeting in the Netherlands

2021 Annual meeting in Portugal

2022 Annual meeting in Switzerland

2022 Mini-meeting isn’t decided yet.



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IFLA Europe Award

It is the aim of IFLA Europe 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.

2020 - IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature European Regional Office


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.”






2019 - European Federation of Green Roof Associations

The award was received by Dusty Gedge, President of European Federation of Green Roof Associations at the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Antalya 2019.


2017 - Europa Nostra

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.



2016 - European Commission, Directorate General for Environment

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




2015 - UNESCO

http://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1262/

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.



2014 Council of Europe

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.





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Jury

The jury for this new edition is composed of several professionals all over Europe from the education field to professional organisations.

Jury Members:

Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, IFLA Europe Secretary General and Professor at Krakow University of Technology

Eszter Bakay, Member of Executive Board, ECLAS - European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools

Rozana Darwich, AESOP Young Academic Coordination Team member, AESOP - Association

Hendrik Vanderkamp, Honorary President, ECTP-CEU - European Council of Spatial Planners

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Rules and Regulations



Eligible competition participants

Competition participant must be enrolled landscape architecture student/alumnus or a practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Please note that students may come from a different science but MUST be currently enrolled as landscape architecture students.

An eligible competition participant must not be older than 35 years of age (the year of birth is the deciding factor).

Competition participants may originate from one of the countries where IFLA EUROPE National Association is present or a country in the region identified as the Council of Europe country.

List of IFLA Europe member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

List of eligible CoE member states not IFLA Europe member: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, San Marino.

The participant must be a citizen of one of these countries or study and be enrolled in a landscape architecture programme, be an alumnus of a university or work for at least a year prior to the competition opening date in one of the countries listed above.

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Competition entries in all categories are to be submitted solely via the website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/index.

In order to apply, please register on the website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/register after which you will receive a notification that your registration was successful. Once you received the notification, please login on the competition website and via ‘Submission page’ upload your application and entry.

NEW! Please note that you will need to upload 4 documents!

1) Your competition entry, in accordance with the Technical specification (here below) - pdf

2) Application form with authorship declaration - pdf

3) Executive Summary of the entry - pdf

4) Image of your competition entry which will serve as your ‘cover’ image on the website - jpg/png

You are also required to upload up to 3 images (jpg/png) which will be used to ‘promote’ your work.

Competition entry

Your entry in all categories can include photographs, drawings, plans, visualisations and text. The participant (individual person or group) must be the author of all of the above-mentioned elements on every “entry” uploaded. Each participant can apply for one or more categories but is limited to one contribution per category. If you wish to submit an entry in several categories, please submit a separate entry and all relevant documents for each entry (your competition entry, application form, executive summary and image of your competition entry).

Please note that you need to submit only one pdf entry which will be considered as your application material and will be reviewed by the members of the Jury. All additional material (up to 3 images) that you wish to upload will be used to promote your entry. This material can be used on IFLA Europe website, its Yearbook or Competition booklet with credits to the author(s).

Technical specification of the entries

A chosen photo, drawing or visualization must be uploaded as a jpg entry. Horizontal orientation is preferred. All uploaded entries will be reviewed before they are published on the IFLA EUROPE Student and Young Professionals competition website. The language of the competition is English.

FILE FORMAT

Please submit a single page.

File type: pdf

Images: 300dpi resolution minimum

File size: max 5MB, minimum 300dpi resolution (for the file itself and for all the illustrations included on the “page”)

Colour setting: CMYK Fonts: 6 points or greater, all fonts embedded

Please name the file as: year_firstname_lastname_category.pdf - For example: 2020_john_smith_category_A Conceptual projects.pdf

For example: 2020_john_smith_category_A Conceptual projects.pdf

Please write this information in the top right corner of your entry

Please see all details of file format of your ‘page’ entry here: IFLA_Europe_Competition_Entry_Format.pdf

If you apply as a group, the first person mentioned on the form would, in the case of a nomination, be invited for the prize ceremony. There is no limit regarding the numbers of persons participating for one entry.

Please read carefully these rules. An incomplete submission will not be considered. Please check you spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email from the competition website or contact secretariat@iflaeurope.eu.

See a sample of 2019 competition here:

Executive Summary

Please provide short Executive Summary of your entry/project, maximum 250 words in pdf. including project context, issues to be addressed, main features, and innovations. This is for potential use in the jury report or any subsequent publications. This must be saved as a PDF and include the application title

Please name the file as: year_firstname_lastname_category_Executive Summary.pdf -

For example: 2020_john_smith_category_A Conceptual projects_executive summary.pdf

Your application is eligible only if it appears on the Competition entries on the IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals Competition website. Please note that it may take few days for this process to be done and we are grateful for your understanding. If not be published, please check your application form and your page to ensure that they fulfill all the conditions of submission.

Each candidate (or group of persons) has to download the IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition file, fill it in and upload it again. You will find the application form IFLA Europe Youth Competition Application Form

The organisers of the competition reserve a right to choose entries for the post-competition publication.

Categories

The entries will be in the following categories for Students and Young Professionals - those who are graduated but also students of post graduate diploma or master’s programmes as per above , a student/alumnus of a landscape architecture course or a practitioner in the field of landscape architecture.

Category A: Conceptual projects/Ideas

Category B: Realised projects

Category C: People’s choice

Dates and Deadlines

The competition is open to entries from 20 March 2020. The deadline for submitting contributions is 20 July 2020 at 17.00 hrs Brussels time. The results will be announced on 20 September 2020.

Important dates:

20 March: Launch of the competition

20 April: Deadline for FAQ - extended to end May

20 May: Answers to FAQ

20 July: Deadline for sending entries

30 August: Deadline for People’s Choice Awards (vote on Facebook)

10 September :

New date: 20 September Announcement of winners

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen for each category. The prize for the winners of categories A and B will be invitation to the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada, Spain in 2021 to present their works.

Economy class plane ticket and accommodation for one night will be provided for the winner or one person representing the group.

The People’s Choice Award will be determined by voting on the IFLA Europe Facebook page (regardless of category – a “page” with most “likes” at midnight CET 30 August 2020). All winners will receive a Certificate.

Special IFLA Europe Student and Young Professional Competition publication will be prepared and will feature the competition entries and they will also be featured in IFLA
Europe Yearbook. All entries will get significant publicity and visibility though IFLA Europe website and social media platforms.

Please note that due to Corona situation, the organisation of Reykjavik General Assembly is being considered and watched closely on a daily basis. In case that due to COVID pandemic it does not take place in Reykjavik, the winners will be invited to the IFLA Europe 2021 General Assembly in Granada, Spain!

For any issue that may arise, please contact IFLA Europe Secretariat on secretariat@iflaeurope.eu.



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IFLA Europe Exhibition Project ‘Landscape as a common background’ 2018

“I am pleased to be able to write the foreword of this publication to the first IFLA Europe exhibition which is to celebrate the breadth of landscape architectural projects throughout Europe. We requested that each National Association of IFLA Europe provide three exemplar projects which demonstrate the most laudable projects within their jurisdiction. We are quite sure that not only are there more than three such fine examples in each jurisdiction but that it was also very difficult to choose from the many possible projects.

This is our first year doing this exhibition or exposition and we thought it would have been fine to receive entries from all our members (34) we received 24 numbers of entries and these are displayed in this publication. It is our hope that in future we will receive entries from all our members. For now, enjoy this first publication as I know I will and will cherish them in coming years.

I would like to especially thank the creators and those who realised these projects including all who worked on them both creatively and physically, the designers and those working in the construction, the contractors and their staff without whom we could not produce such works…

The vision of this exhibition is due to Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, our Secretary General who championed this idea and the efforts of the organising committee and the staff and students of Cracow University of Technology and The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow without whose work this would not have been possible

Tony Williams, past IFLA Europe President (2015-2019)

...“Landscape as such is of many definitions. Yet, in all of them it is an element of a greater whole. It is its continuity that forms the operational basis of the widely understood landscape. This continuity facilitates transmission, continuation and exchange which then, in turn, become the basis of its existence and the ability to regain its strength. One of the tasks for contemporary landscape architecture is eliminating barriers that have accumulated alongside the development of civilization. The IFLA Europe exhibition has managed to put together all types of interventions that overcame the barriers. It demonstrates reconstruction of water structures, restoration of green connections, and streamlining pedestrian and cycling routes. These interventions take on an attractive architectural and landscape form whose beauty stems from its functional and ecological wisdom.The exhibition presents 61 projects from 24 countries in the form of a catalogue, a multimedia presentation and 24 exhibition panels. It is reduced to a compact form which we place in the hands of national associations whilst expressing hope for repeated celebration of the exhibition opening in particular countries. We believe it might be a pretext for encounters, discussions and talks on the issue of contemporary landscape architecture as it aims at broad promotion of this profession as well as the mission of shaping the space while bearing in mind its complexity.”...

Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, IFLA Europe Secretary General (2016-2020)


“Many National Associations of IFLA Europe organise annual contests for landscape architecture projects in their respective country. IFLA Europe wants to take this rich harvest to the European level; to fill the entire map of Europe with excellent projects.

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a comprehensive overview of landscape architecture across Europe for both a professional audience and the public. We expect this will benefit the (understanding of the) work of landscape architects at both an international and at a local level.

In June 2017 we established a working group within IFLA Europe and discussed the first outlines of the exhibition. In Autumn 2017 we prepared of a brief of the exhibition format, technical requirements and guidelines for graphic materials. The first call to National Associations went out in November 2017. We invited all IFLA Europe member associations to participate in the exhibition. Each country was requested to select three representative projects (of the past five years) and indicate one of them for publication in the poster exhibition.

We are very pleased to present the result of one year of work. In total 34 countries send in their projects. One project from each country is presented in the printed poster exhibition. All these projects are included in the catalogue and online slideshow. We hope this exhibition will become a source of information and inspiration.

Gertjan Jobse, IFLA Europe Delegate NVTL, The Netherlands, on behalf the IFLA Europe exhibition 2018 Working Group



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General Assembly 2020

IFLA Europe General Assembly took place online on 17 October 2020!

Delegates, Presidents and members of the National Associations from 32 IFLA Europe member countries participated in constructive discussion on IFLA Europe activities, its mission and vision aligned with the objectives of EU Green Deal and UN Sustainable Development Goals and the important role that landscape architects have in combating climate change and mitigating its impact, as well as promotion of the profession and its regulation in Europe. New Communication strategy was presented to raise awareness about IFLA Europe, the profession of landscape architects and important role they play in the society. Members were invited to join IFLA Europe Organigramme - Working Groups and assist Executive Council members in achieving common objectives. Universities and Schools of Landscape Architecture were encouraged to apply for IFLA Europe recognition of landscape architecture programmes. Professional Recognition Assistance Survey partial results were presented and the Delegates and members were invited to provide information on the state of the profession in their respective countries, the problems that they face with regards to professional mobility and opportunities that appear.

IFLA Europe members were informed about important meetings that took place with the representatives of European Commission, namely DG Environment and DG Climate which recognised the important role of landscape architects and IFLA Europe in:

- providing nature-based solutions in climate change mitigation and adaptation

- implementing and promoting Biodiversity Strategy as a part of the EU Green Deal

- ensuring that transformational changes need to happen in the landscape, in the urban and rural areas.

We undertook to engage more actively together with our members and work with national and local authorities in order to ensure that landscape architects are included in the decision-making process.

We will continue important cooperation with the Council of Europe in landscape matters as IFLA Europe is a consultant NGO in its different working groups via the Conference of the European Landscape Convention and Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and in projects dealing with professional recognition and the role of landscape architects in heritage projects. We will continue promoting 20 October – International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe. National Associations were encouraged to disseminate the fact sheet on” Landscape Architecs and their role in Heritage Conservation_EN.pdf

We will continue strong cooperation with ECLAS – European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools and work together towards developing joint recognition document regarding Landscape Architecture teaching and research and work towards development of Common Training Framework. We will continue participating and supporting LE:NOTRE –focal point for landscape specialists of all disciplines where we will focus on further developing international and interdisciplinary approach, and to act as a common platform for those involved in teaching, research and practice in the landscape field. We will continue our support to ELASA - European Landscape Architecture Students Association in order to support to promote cooperation, exchange and mobility of the students. We will reinforce relations with UNISCAPE - European Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, to support and reinforce scientific interdisciplinary co-operation among European universities regarding landscape issues, especially in the areas of research and teaching, namely study and experimentation activities relating to landscapes, their evolution and transformations.

Our IFLA Europe Award – whose aim is to recognise the work of exceptional people and organisations that believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world, derived from our profession, could contribute to its development, was awarded to IUCN European Regional Office.

Address by Ms Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solution IUCN European Regional Office IUCN message to IFLA Europe

We value your efforts in adopting and implementation of effective laws and policies for conserving biodiversity and nature, promotion of effective and equitable governance of natural resources and preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and globally. We share many common objectives and believe that together we can deliver nature-based solutions to tackle adverse climate change impacts.

General Assembly was closed by adoption of 2020 IFLA Europe Resolution - Landscape as Footprints on Earth which urged to include within comprehensive landscape strategies and other sectoral policies the need to develop net positive footprints in landscape development, protection and management; to respond to public’s wish to enjoy high quality landscapes and to play an active part in its development; to ensure that each society undertakes to identify its own landscapes; to promote new and traditional solutions to strengthen capacity to develop net positive footprint in landscapes; to recognise that landscape architects work with nature-based solutions.

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2020 IFLA Europe General Assembly Agenda

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Job Adverts

Job adverts posted on IFLA Europe website and on social media platforms:


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3 weeks 160€
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1 month 200€ 250€



Current Job Adverts:

Two permanent positions as Professor/Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway!

At the Academy of Fine Arts, UiT The Arctic University of Norway two permanent positions as Professor/Associate Professor in landscape architecture are now available. One position from 01.08.2021 and one in 2022 with a flexible starting date. The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø.
The tasks assigned to the position require a full presence at the workplace during work hours.You must be able to start in the position within 6 months after receiving the offer.

In August 2018 The Academy of Fine Arts enrolled the first students on a new joint five-year master’s degree programme in landscape architecture. The programme is a collaboration between UiT and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). This Masters programme aims to combine the best traditions from within landscape architecture education and practice with innovative studies focusing on the changing landscapes in the High North. The available positions will be affiliated with The Academy of Arts at UiT in Tromsø, which have programmes in art, creative writing and landscape architecture. Appointees are also expected to work closely together with The Institute of Landscape and Urbanism at AHO.

The candidates we are seeking will be part of a professionally strong team who:

· Educate versatile landscapes architects of high international standard with strong design skills, creative and well equipped to navigate landscapes and societies in constant transformation.

· Perform project- and research-based teaching within the focus areas of the programme.

· Contribute to the knowledge production within the profession with special emphasis on the sustainable development of landscapes and societies within an arctic/sub-arctic context.

Teaching and supervision:

Appointees will be responsible for teaching and supervising students on the 4th and 5th year of the programme (master level) including studio-based teaching and supervision of diploma students. Supervision of research fellows (PhD and Postdoc) might also be included.

Research:

Appointees must hold a high professional international standard in relevant research capabilities, including practice/design-related research. Appointees are expected to contribute professionally through active collaborations with colleagues also cross-disciplinary, and involve students in research activities. Up to a maximum of 50% of the positions are supposed to be dedicated research.

Administrative tasks:

The positions include programme and department related administrative tasks, including tasks related to fulfilling strategic objectives formulated by the department and UiT as a whole.

Contact

Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting Professor Thomas Juel Clemmensen:

email: thomas.j.clemmensen@uit.no

or Head of Department Kjell Magne Mælen:

email: kjell.magne.maelen@uit.no

More information can be found on https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/192884/professor-foersteamanuensis-i-landskapsarkitektur



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Pursuant to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), IFLA Europe prepared a Privacy Policy in order to explain what personal data we collect, for what purpose we collect and use it, and with whom we share it. IFLA Europe is fully committed to protect the confidentiality of the data.

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The regulation is an essential step to strengthen individuals’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by clarifying rules for companies and public bodies in the digital single market.

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We are required to process the personal data of our: members, National associations, staff, members of Executive Council, visitors, etc.

How we use personal information

Personal data provided to us will be collected and processed by us for the following purposes:

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Personal data collected and processed by us may be shared with other members/National Associations where necessary as well as IFLA Europe employees, Executive Council, IT service providers, auditors, authorities (tax, social administration etc).

We do not sell or share your personal information to other organisations. You remain in control of how we communicate with you (surface mail, email, phone). IFLA Europe may, as part of its professional activities, share your personal data.

In no case shall we transmit your personal data directly to third parties for marketing purposes without your consent.

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Council of Europe

IFLA EUROPE has the Observers - participating International Non-governmental Organisation status with the Council of Europe.

In the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, IFLA Europe was asked by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) to prepare a report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’. Report was prepared by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe with the contribution and work of IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group consisting of:

  • Ana Luengo, HM, Past IFLA Europe President, AEP, Spain
  • Michael Oldham, HM, Past IFLA Europe President, LI, UK
  • Carlo Bruschi, HM, AIAPP, Italy
  • Niek Hazendonk, NVTL, Netherlands
  • Herman van den Bosche, ABAJP/BVTL, Belgium
  • Leor Lovinger, ISALA, Israel
  • Indra Purs, LAAA, Latvia

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Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects

This Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects was presented at the Conference of the European Landscape Convention in May 2019.

The Conference ‘took note of the Report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’ prepared in the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe…which highlights the importance of the contribution of the profession of landscape architects to the well-being and aspirations of society, and considers the need for recognition by the parties to the European Landscape Convention.

Amended the draft recommendations presented and adopted the Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the profession recognition of landscape architects.

Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention

Wishing to promote the professional recognition of landscape disciplines including landscape architects:

Encourages the State Parties to the European Landscape Convention:

a) to formally recognise the profession of landscape architects at national and international level

b) to support a multidisciplinary approach to landscape through cooperation of all relevant professions in all phases of the planning process

c) to increase the diversity of disciplines in the training in landscape professionals, particularly regarding science, management and planning

At the meeting of the Conference, where all 39 States Parties to the Conference were represented, the Statement was passed unilaterally, there were no dissensions, which is significant in demonstrating the strength of support.

Final report, dated 23 July 2019, including the adopted Statement of the Conference of the member States of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the professional recognition of landscape architects which was adopted at the 10th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention, in Strasbourg on 7 May 2019, was adopted by the Council of Europe Council of Ministers on 16 October 2019.

The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) who commissioned the report received the Report without comment at its meeting on the 12-14th June. The Council of Ministers… on 16 October 2019, at the 1357th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, the Committee of Ministers took note of the abridged report of the CDCPP, as it appears in document CM(2019)144, as a whole.

Globally, this is excellent news and will help Landscape Architects in many countries. However, there are 39 members States to the Council of Europe who have ratified the Convention, only 10 have regulated status for Landscape Architects as far as the EU (separate body) is concerned.

Though further work is now required, particularly that of questioning the legality of suppressing the title ‘Landscape Architect’, which is still the case in some countries, and will be followed by the IFLA Europe’s Council of Europe Working Group, we wish to inform National Associations of this important step taken at the European Landscape Conference,
which can be a tool for the National Associations to use in their country towards the accreditation of the profession.

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CDCPP - Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

The CDCPP is the Committee responsible for activities related to Culture, Heritage and Landscape and to follow‐up on their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

IFLA EU was present at meetings in 2018, 2019 and on-line meeting held on 30 June.

At the June meeting, the CDCPP discussed a proposed Manifesto on Arts, Culture, Cultural Heritage and Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era, as well as a concept for a new Digital #exhibition – both being contributions to the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. These initiatives highlighted the sector’s specific contribution to upholding Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. Other agenda items covered important issues in the cultural heritage and landscape sectors, including new promotional tools for the Faro Convention and Strategy 21. IFLA Europe was represented by Michael Oldham and his report is available https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/200307_Report_on_CDCPP_Meeting_of_30_June_2020_MO.pdf

Next shortened plenary session is foreseen for 12-13 November 2020 in Strasbourg.

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Landscape architects and their role in heritage conservation

At the end of 2018, IFLA EU has been entrusted to provide the CoE as part of the European Cultural Strategy for the 21st Century (https://rm.coe.int/16806f6a03] a document on “landscape architects and their role in heritage conservation”.

The “European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century” approved by the Ministers of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe is the most farfetched and ambitious programme in Europe as regards the joint action in the field of culture and cultural heritage of all European nations. The fact-sheets generated by the CoE provide the tool to explain in an easy way to citizens what are the main fields of heritage and culture and which are the specialists dealing with it. It is a great success that landscape architects are listed as one of the specialised professions in heritage conservation, and this fact-sheet will be a good tool for practitioners, as the CoE recommends the governments of the member States to “embrace and implement the strategy appended to this recommendation, at the appropriate governance levels, in compliance with their applicable national legal provisions and practice”

Documents (EN and FR versions) available on IFLA Europe website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets /docs/Landscape_Architects_and_their_role_in_Heritage_Conservation_EN.pdf

https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/Role_of_Landscape_architects_in_preservation_of_heritage_FR_.pdf

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Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention are designed to explore specific topics related to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention. A genuine forum for sharing practice and ideas, these meetings enable the presentation of new concepts and achievements in implementing the Convention at the international, national, regional and local levels. The meetings are organised every year, in cooperation with a host State.

Following the calendar of meetings of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, IFLA EU has been present at:

‐ Workshop on “landscape and education, 3‐4 October 2018, Tropea (Italy)

The Meeting presented experiences of public policies adopted, or being developed, concerning the implementation of Article 6 B. c. of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention on education, according to which “Each Party undertakes to promote: … school and university courses which, in the relevant subject areas, address the values attaching to landscapes and the issues raised by their protection, management and planning”. IFLA EU representative, Ana Luengo, did the closing speech of the meeting. Further information at https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/21st

Workshop on “Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change”, 14‐15 March 2019, Seville (Spain)

Considering that the ELC includes “inland and maritime waters”, the Meeting focused on public policies concerning them. Attention was paid to policies concerning the management of water resources and the presence of water in the landscape. Proceedings: European spatial planning and landscape, No 116

Next CoE Workshops on the implementation of the ELC are planned for 19-21 October 2020:

23rd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention and Celebration at High Level of the Twentieth Anniversary of the European Landscape Convention “Landscape integration in sectoral policies” - Lausanne, Switzerland, 19-20 October 2020

24th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention “Council of Europe Landscape Award Forum of National Selections - 6th Session 2018-2019” - Geneva, Switzerland, 21-22 October 2020

All previous workshops information and materials are available on https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/workshops

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Council of Europe International Landscape Day – 20 October

The International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe is celebrated each year on 20 October, the day of the opening of the European Landscape Convention for signature.

Fourth International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe, 20 October2020 - “Message from Lausanne”: Landscape integration as sectoral policies

The “Message from Lausanne”, on the theme of the 23rd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention on “Landscape integration in sectoral policies” (Lausanne, Switzerland, October 19-20, 2020), invites the actors of the territory to “to integrate landscape into its regional and town planning policies and in its cultural, environmental, agricultural, social and economic policies, as well as in any other policies with possible direct or indirect impact on landscape”
(Article 5 d. of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

Third International Landscape Day, 20 October 2019 “Message from Seville”: Landscape and water

The “Message from Seville”, on the theme of the 22nd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on “Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change” (Seville, Spain, 14-15 March 2019), invites to promote the value of water in the landscape and to consider that the landscape, which includes inland and maritime waters, is “a key element of individual and social well-being and that its protection, management and planning entail rights and responsibilities for everyone” (Preamble of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

Second International Landscape Day, 20 October 2018 - Message from Tropea”: Landscape and education

The “Message from Tropea”, on the theme of the 21st Meeting of the Council of Europe Workshops for the Implementation of the European Convention on “Landscape and Education” (Tropea, Calabria, Italy, 3-4 October 2018), invites public authorities and landscape actors to promote “school and university courses which, in the relevant subject areas, address the values attaching to landscapes and the issues raised by their protection, management and planning” (Article 6 of the European Landscape Convention –
Council of Europe).

First International Landscape Day, 20 October 2017 - “Message from Brno”: Landscape at local level

The “Message from Brno”, on the theme of the 19th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention “The implementation of the European Landscape Convention at local level: local democracy” (Brno, Czech Republic, 5-6 September 2017), invites local authorities to celebrate the landscape as “an essential component of people’s surroundings, an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage, and a foundation of their identity” (Article 5, a. of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

For more information about International Landscape Day please visit https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/international-landscape-day

List of all National contact points for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention: https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/National_Contacts_for_implementation_of_ELC.pdf

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CEMAT - Counci of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning

Though IFLA EU has always been more focused on the European Landscape Convention, the CoE has anothertool with singular significance in landscape planning, the CEMAT. Since its inception in 1970, the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) has played an invaluable role in promoting efficient and sustainable territorial development policies on the European continent, being the only pan‐European platform for co‐operation, exchange of best practices and definition of common principles on spatial development.

Note on CEMAT prepared by Carlo Bruschi is available here: https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/191215_Note_on_CoE_CEMAT_CBr.pdf

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HEREIN in Gardens

Heritage Information Network which brings together European public administrations in charge of national cultural heritage policies and strategies to form a unique co-operation network in the domain of Cultural Heritage. Each participating HEREIN country is represented by a National HEREIN Coordinator, generally a governmental expert in cultural heritage appointed by the competent national Ministry.

HEREIN was fully shaped in 2014 by the development of its two major components:

  • A network of national coordinators, appointed by relevant Ministries, which:
    • Facilitates sharing, exchanging and analysing information on cultural heritage;
    • Explores themes and areas of work addressing current challenges and issues in that field.
  • A database, with input from thenational coordinators, which provides:
    • an inventoryof European heritage policies in 38 Council of Europe Member States;
    • a terminology concerning cultural and natural heritage in 14 European languages.

Following the participative survey to the HEREIN network on garden policy launched in 2015, a first meeting of interested countries agreed on the need to build a network of administrations responsible for garden policies in Europe. A working group was to analyse the situation of parks and gardens throughout Europe, aiming at fulfilling actions regarding their revalorisation.

This has led to create the “HEREIN in garden” network whose objectives are:

1. Contributing to the building of a voluntary countries network;

2. Promoting the exchange of information and know-how;

3. Promoting international and national activities on gardens;

4. Raising awareness of different audiences.

To achieve it, it aims in particular to provide information on: actions; protection measures; existing training.

  • At international level: actors; legislation
  • At national level: authorities responsible and other actors; national legislation; available documentation; awareness

HEREIN organises annual event on gardens in European countries “Rendez-vous aux jardins”. Planned 2020 event was to take place 5-7 June on topic: “The transmission of knowledge” and however due to COVID is postponed for 2021.

https://www.coe.int/en/web/herein-system/international-tools

All national members are available here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/herein-system/network

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IFLA Europe General Assembly

IFLA Europe General Assembly is the governing body of IFLA Europe and is regulated by IFLA Europe Statutes and Regulations Chapter VIII (Statutes and Regulations both to be a link to the pdf document already uploaded in Regulatory documents). It consists of voting representatives - Delegate from each Effective member – National Association, the Executive Council and the representatives or individuals of other membership categories. General Assembly is chaired by the President of the Executive Council or by a nominated voting member appointed by the General Assembly at the beginning of the meeting. The President of each Effective member (National Association) has the right to attend, participate and vote at the General Assembly. Interim, Affiliate, Individual, Corporate and Honorary members will have the right to attend the General Assembly but will not have the right to vote.

IFLA Europe has full powers to act to realise the aims and objectives of IFLA Europe. The following powers are exclusively reserved to the General Assembly:

  • agreement and approval of budgets, accounts and all financial matters relating to the appropriate governance and operations of IFLA Europe
  • admission and exclusion of members of IFLA Europe to/from any of the membership categories
  • modification to the membership status of members of IFLA Europe among the membership categories
  • any other matters concerning the members of IFLA Europe brought to the attention of the General Assembly
  • admission and exclusion of Delegates to/from the eligible voting members
  • election and dismissal of members of the Executive Council
  • acceptance of additional items to be included on the agenda of General Assembly
  • determination of its financial and operational requirements
  • determination of the value of contributions and methods of payment by each IFLA Europe member to the funds of the organisation
  • establishment of a financial reserve fund appropriate to the financial, operational and budgetary demands of IFLA Europe
  • removals of IFLA Europe headquarters from within the administrative Region of Brussels Capital, Belgium
  • modifications to the IFLA Europe Statutes and Regulations
  • dissolution of IFLA Europe and the transfer of any associated property.

The General Assembly will make decisions based upon the single voting procedures of a simple majority of votes of the eligible voting members present and represented, unless it is agreed to be by a qualified majority according to Articles 18.2, 55.4 and 57.1. In case of proposals to modify the Statutes or the Regulations, or to dissolve IFLA Europe, a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes of the eligible voting members present and represented shall be required. Voting shall be conducted by a show of hands, except in the case of the admission or exclusion of an eligible voting member or a member of the Executive Council, which shall be carried out by secret ballot. The votes of the secret ballot will be counted by a minimum of two eligible voting members present at the meeting.

If deemed appropriate by the Executive Council, voting concerning elections/exclusions to/from the Executive Council, Board of Auditors, Board of Trustees, School Recognition Panel, Committees and Working Groups, or any other decisions which may be taken by referendum, can be carried out by means of any suitable online technology previously selected by the Executive Council and approved by the GA.

A President of any IFLA Europe member association can be represented in the General Assembly by a member of the Executive Council or by another representative, personally designated, of the National Association in question. A Delegate of any IFLA Europe member Association can be represented in the General Assembly by another member of the association in question or by any other voting member attending the General Assembly. In these cases, written instruments of proxy, signed by the President or an authorised representative of the member associations in question, are to be received either before or at the start of the meeting.

Future General Assemblies:

22-24 October 2021 – Granada, Spain

2022 – Croatia

2023 – Italy

2024 – Israel

2025 – Belgium

2026 Finland



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Cooperation and Partnership

IFLA Europe is participating member of Council of Europe.

IFLA Europe is affiliate member of Civilscape and ENQA and has Memorandum of Understanding signed with ECLAS, Landscape Architecture Europe Federation

IFLA Europe is a member of Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, informal European sectoral platform composed of 49 European or international networks and
organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage. The Alliance was launched in June 2011 on occasion of the European Heritage Congress 2011 organised by Europa Nostra in Amsterdam.On this occasion, Europe’s major heritage networks agreed to work more closely together to promote the untapped potential of Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, immovable and movable. The Alliance founding members bring together Europe’s civil society organisations,historic cities and villages, museums, heritage professionals and volunteers, (private) owners of collections of artefacts, historic buildings and cultural landscapes, educators, town planners, etc. The “European Heritage Alliance 3.3” thus represents a very large constituency composed of tens of millions of Europe’s citizens. Europa Nostra is acting as facilitator of the Alliance.The name of this Alliance refers to the article 3.3. of the consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty of the European Union which stipulates that “[The Union] shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced.” The coordination of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 is part of Europa Nostra’s network project Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values funded by Creative Europe



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Med_Net Project

Med_Net

Introduction

In 2017 a network was formed - IFLA Europe Med_Net working group - that brings together countries bordering the Mediterranean or that share its climatic and environmental characteristics. The aim of the working group is to optimize the work of landscape architects on similar issues by concentrating their efforts, increasing awareness and ensuring a more efficient communication, while saving energy and resources.

The constituent group is made up of delegates from Portugal, Spain, France, Greece (plus Cyprus) and Israel with Italy as coordinator. At the beginning of 2019 the delegates of Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey have joined in, completing the number of Mediterranean countries of IFLA Europe. Next step is to include the delegates of the Mediterranean countries of IFLA Middle East and IFLA Africa.

The first meeting of the working group was held in Lecce, Italy, in June 2018. On this occasion the mission and objectives of the group’s work have been defined, a schedule and agenda were set and opportunities for the first concrete activities have been drafted.

Objectives

The main reason why we have come together is that we all share a strong concern about the challenges regarding:

  • Climate/Environment
  • Social/Cultural issues
  • Political/Economical issues
  • Landscape education

What is our mission?

  • To share the cultural and environmental values of challenges common to all
  • To identify the principal topics and opportunities of the specific conditions common to all
  • To declare the Mediterraneity of these issues
  • To develop a network based on sharing experiences and exchanging knowledges
  • To share initiatives, information and documentation on educational matters

The group meets twice a year: the Spring Meeting is held in rotation in the member countries. A topic related conference reporting the member countries projects will be scheduled in parallel. The second annual meeting will coincide with the IFLA Europe General Assembly. In this Autumn Meeting the working group intends to choose the arguments that express the moments concerns and to seize opportunities to go public efficiently and draw specific partners in. This “topic of the year” will be the core issue for the group’s work on which the member countries will focus their efforts (research, events, communication…) as and how they consider best for their specific interest. During the remaining time work will be carried out according to the specific opportunities and needs of the member countries. The results of all the works and researches will be shared and made available to the members of the Med_net.

Med_Net at IFLA Europe Gen Assembly Antalya 2019
Med_Net at IFLA Europe General Assembly Antalya 2019

Members of Med_Net project:

  • Uta Zorzi, AIAPP, Italy, Med_Net Co-ordinator
  • Darija Perkovic, Croatia
  • Katerina Gkoltsiou, Greece
  • Ariane Delilez, France
  • Nikola Watté, France
  • Leor Lovinger, Israel
  • Simone Scuderi, Italy
  • Marlene Chahine, Lebanon
  • Margarida Cancela D’Abreu, Portugal
  • Manuel Sanchez, Spain
  • Urban Svegl, Slovenia
  • Sukran Sahin, Turkey
  • Daniela Micanovic, IFLA Europe

Med_Net meetings:

2020 Med_Net, Marseille, FRANCE

2019 Med_Net, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL -

2018 Med_Net, Lecce, ITALY - Landscape architects in the Mediterranean countries - opportunities and challenges


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Green Infrastructure

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



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PRA

The goal of Professional Recognition Assistance Working Group is to inform National Associations Delegates about the situation of Landscape Architecture Profession across Europe and to share best practices of the Landscape Architecture Profession regulation processes on the basis of the countries where it was successfully done.



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EULAND21 Project

EULAND21 Project aimed at trans-European recognition of the landscape architecture profession. In addition, it aims to develop tools for assessing existing study programs and courses according to the standards and requirements of the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe) and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). In addition partners worked on the development of a bachelor landscape architecture for the University of Vilnius. Partners are Uuniversities from Estonia, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands (DSL) and Lithuania and the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe).

This initiative was taken by the universities from Estonia, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Lithuania, together with IFLA EUROPE which was supported by European Union. On 27-28 of October 2016, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania) hosted the official kick off meeting of the project where the partners presented and discussed ambitious goals of this initiative. A two-year long project planned to recruit the best experts in landscape architecture education who elaborated tools for assessment of the existing landscape architecture study programmes and subjects according to the standards and the requirements of IFLA Europe - European Region of International Federation of Landscape Architects and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). They set up the framework for upgrading and developing the study programmes in landscape architecture in the participating European universities.“In the face of recent environmental, social and economic challenges, the profession of landscape architects is assigned new roles and missions of being prepared to respond to the rising expectations, and education is the first step”, - said Prof. Gintaras Stauskis, the EU-Land21 project coordinator. IFLA Europe has developed the standards to ensure that landscape architecture training is coherent across the European continent and that the graduates would have their professional qualification recognised EU-wide. Until now, only 83 programmes from 57 different European universities out of around 150 have received IFLA Europe accreditation.

EU-Land21 responded to the need of high level academic Landscape Architecture training in Europe and increase quality of education in partner’s countries by offering the sustainable tool for continuous upgrade and modernisation of LA study process. As a result, international landscape architecture training will encourage trans-national mobility and employability of the graduates. The project also strengthened the European network of Landscape Architecture experts, cooperation of whom will open opportunities for sharing and enhancement of their experience. The project results will be integrated into the existing education guidelines on European level and will influence the activities of IFLA Europe School Recognition Panel and Landscape Architecture education in the European continent in years to come. The EULAND21 Project “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” was funded under Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme. The project was finalised in 2019.

Members of the Team:

  • Prof Gintaras Stauskis, LALA, Lithuania
  • Marina Cervera, AEP, Spain
  • Fritz Auweck, BAK, Germany
  • Simon Bell, EMU Estonia
  • Albert Fekete, SZIU Hungary
  • Jozef Hernik, URK Poland
  • Jeroen de Vries, DSL, Netherlands


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UNISCAPE

UNISCAPE is the European Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention. It was created in Florence in January 2008 as a result of the joint initiative of 23 European Universities. Founding members of UNISCAPE are 42 universities from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Belgium, Slovakia and France.

Currently the Network is composed of 56 Universities members from 15 European Countries and 2 private Foundations promoting landscape studies and research.

The aim of UNISCAPE is to support and reinforce scientific interdisciplinary co-operation among European universities regarding landscape issues, especially in the areas of research and teaching. UNISCAPE promotes the principles and the objectives of the European Landscape Convention. Concerning research activities, UNISCAPE promotes study and experimentation activities relating to landscapes, their evolution and transformations.

UNISCAPE encourages and assists its members to provide each other technical and scientific assistance in landscape matters through exchange of experience and the results of research projects; to promote the exchange of landscape specialists, in particular for training and information purposes; to exchange information on all matters covered by the European Landscape Convention requirements.

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ENQA

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The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is an umbrella organisation which represents quality assurance organisations from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member states. ENQA promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and disseminates information and expertise among its members and towards stakeholders in order to develop and share good practice and to foster the European dimension of quality assurance.

The mission of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is to drive the development of quality assurance by representing agencies internationally, supporting them nationally, and providing them with comprehensive services and networking opportunities. ENQA promotes the enhancement of quality and the development of a quality culture in higher education.

ENQA works to contribute to a European Higher Education Area in which students have access to high quality education and can achieve qualifications that are respected world-wide.

ENQA is open to the diversity of higher education systems and quality assurance approaches and adheres to the following values:

  • Transparency: ENQA publishes its policies, procedures and criteria for decisions and reports.
  • Independence: ENQA activelypromotes the operational independence of quality assurance agencies and
  • Collaboration: ENQA works in a consultative manner with its members and affiliates, European partners and fellow associations.
  • Integrity: ENQA operates with integrity and in a fair, equitable, impartial, objective and professional manner.

IFLA Europe is affiliate member of ENQA since October 2012.




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