IFLA Europe publishes Position Paper ‘Role of Landscape Architects in Protecting the Biodiversity’
In this time of unprecedented change in our planetary systems of climate and biodiversity, we must as Landscape Architects develop responses which are coherent and based on both our experience and that of other disciplines. The challenges in the coming years can be expected to be difficult but with clear thinking and cooperative efforts humanity and nature may prevail.
In this second position paper, we would like to start the dialogue both within our profession and with civil society in general on how we may best respond. We therefore hope to provide a means by which we may understand what biodiversity is in the first instance. Then as landscape architects how we may respond to the challenges and opportunities in order to improve our ‘collaboration’ between ourselves and others but also with the natural world. We must first understand nature and then we may harness the power of nature to heal our planet. We can achieve this by having a big vision through global aspirational landscape scale projects which, in order to be inclusive, must involve other professions and civil society in an orchestrated manner. We must endeavour to inspire and create local scale projects with communities and also respond to the needs of humanity by incorporating the benefits of a healthy biodiverse landscape. Our ultimate aspiration is to ensure clean air, water and food in a climate of our peaceful coexistence with nature.