IFLA World webinar: “Landscape 2050 and beyond: from 75 to 100 years IFLA” on 17 November 2023, 14hrs CET

IFLA World webinar: “Landscape 2050 and beyond: from 75 to 100 years IFLA” on 17 November 2023, 14hrs CET

Moderation: Niek Hazendonk, Landscape architect MSc, Dutch Association for Landscape Architects NVTL Delegate to IFLA

Date: Friday, 17th of November 2023 CET 14.00 – 16.00 CET


14.00-14.10 Opening: Bruno Marques, President IFLA World, Landscape Architect PhD - Landscape architects design the future. What will the coming decades ask from IFLA and the profession?
14.10 - 14.40 Michael van Buuren, Landscape Planner PhD Wageningen University - 2120 Nature based approach for Europe

Climate change and biodiversity loss are the biggest challenges for the 21st century. The European Green Deal is a policy aimed at these challenges and aims to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It also aims to protect, preserve and strengthen the EU’s natural capital and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environmental risks and impacts. Increasing scientific evidence shows the interrelationship between the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis. An integrated, long-term approach for 2120, the next century is required to create a resilient and climate- and nature-positive future. In addition to rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, large-scale implementation of nature-based solutions has great potential to create a climate- and nature-positive future. In this lecture van Buuren highlights the importance and potential of a nature-based approach driven by landscape research through design for the health and well-being of future European citizens. The Dutch government announced that it will invest 110 million euros in the further development of the ideas of NL2120. In this knowledge program, governments, nature organizations, engineering firms, dredging companies and knowledge and professional institutions work together on nature-based solutions for major challenges. It also contains a worldwide student challenge for Bangladesh 2120 Nature Based Solutions.

14.40 – 14.55 15 minutes questions and discussion
14.55 - 15.00 Break
15.00 – 15.30 Barbara Deutsch, CEO Landscape Architecture Foundation, Landscape architect MSc

The New Landscape Declaration and Grounding the New Green Deal
For over 50 years, the LAF has been identifying priorities and strengthening the discipline to meet weighty environmental, social, and economic challenges. They believe in the power of design to create a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable world.

The New Landscape Declaration is a critical, provocative, and inspirational examination of the role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges of our time, including equity, climate change, public health, rapid urbanization, and more.

A national climate plan like the Green New Deal will be understood by most people through the landscapes, buildings, infrastructures, and public works agenda that it inspires. There is an essential role for the built environment disciplines to play in reimagining this future and translating the goals of decarbonization, jobs, and justice into on-the-ground practices and built works.

From 2020 to 2022, LAF and partners undertook two initiatives to explore the intersection of design, policy, and advocacy and give form to the scale, scope, and pace of transformation needed to address the climate crisis. The goal was to catalyze conversation and identify ways to accelerate individual and collective actions to effect change. What did these initiatives us learn for the next decades?

15.30 -16.00 Questions and (general) discussion (15 minutes)
16.00- 16.10 Katerina Gkoltsiou, president IFLA Europe, Landscape Architect PhD - Recap and closure 25 years to come

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