2023 IFLA Europe Med_net Conference ‘Landscape Diversity: All Landscapes One Landscape”, 11-12 May 2023, Alicante Spain

2023 IFLA Europe Med_net Conference ‘Landscape Diversity: All Landscapes One Landscape”, 11-12 May 2023, Alicante Spain

Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. More recently, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda outlined a clear roadmap to curb climate change. Mitigation and adaptation specify measures to reduce greenhouse gases, on the one hand, and to adapt our environment to new climate scenarios, on the other. Landscape Architects seek to find new ways to ensure sustainability through the valuation of nature and ecosystem services, to provide qualitative and healthy landscapes, as well as preserving collective memory, heritage and culture, and creating places that anticipate social and economic well-being. The landscape is in the centre of all eyes and landscape architects have a lot to contribute, through their expertise and holistic approach.

With this objective, we are proud to inform you that Med_Net 2023 CONFERENCE and SPRING MEETING 11-12 May 2023 in Alicante, Spain under the topic: LANDSCAPE DIVERSITY: ALL LANDSCAPES, ONE LANDSCAPE. The Conference is hosted and organised by AEP Spain (ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA PAISAJISTAS), its President Jose Luis Romeru and Manuel Sanchez, AEP Delegate to IFLA Europe together with AEP Spain team.

Environmental and social challenges, especially in urban settings, which are more vulnerable today due to increase of the world’s population in cities and carbon emissions as well as the abandonment of the rural area, which translates into an enormous loss of natural and cultural heritage, will be further discussed. Improving the quality of life of citizens
requires creating healthy spaces designed by and for people. Green infrastructure, urban forests, streets and small parks, squares and gardens can meet many of these needs when nature-based solutions are applied.

The role of the landscape architecture, as an academic and project discipline with more than 120 years of history, which knows well the principles that govern natural, social and
cultural processes will further be discussed. Making natural and human dynamics compatible is inherent to the landscape architect´s work. Holistically analyse the characteristics and needs of the place, generate spaces of high environmental quality and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, preserving the local character, are the principles that govern the best landscape architecture projects.

Register here to attend the conference in person for free: https://form.jotform.com/230683378847369

Watch the livestream on https://www.casa-mediterraneo.es/fr/events/proyecto-wave-interreg-y-reunion-de-primavera-med-net/

The programme is attached here below:

About IFLA Europe Med_net Group

IFLA Europe Med_net Group was established in 2017 at the initiative of our Italian National Association of Landscape Architects AIAPP Italy with the objective:

- to bring together countries bordering the Mediterranean or that share its climatic and environmental characteristics
- that 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 knowledge
- to share initiatives, information and documentation on educational matters.

It consists of IFLA Europe members - National Associations of Landscape Architecture from Italy, Croatia, Greece, France, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia and Turkey and IFLA Middle East member - Lebanon and IFLA Africa members Morocco and Tunisia.

The Group organises its annual Conference and meetings each year in a different country and on a different yet common topic for all Med_net member countries.

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