LI President Jane Findlay and Chief Executive Sue Morgan will be among the delegates at the crucial UN conference in November, where the LI will be championing the central role of landscape and green infrastructure in the global journey to net zero.

From 31 October to 12 November 2021, over 100 world leaders will be at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

COP26 is the biggest conference the UK has ever hosted, and the most significant climate change summit since 2015, when 195 nations adopted the historic Paris Agreement.

Climate change is happening now. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, COP26 is humanity’s last chance to formalise the decisive, collaborative action needed to cut carbon emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change. The leadership of the landscape sector will be integral to these efforts.

‘Tougher targets alone do not reduce emissions,’ wrote LI President Jane Findlay in Landscape for 2030, the LI’s spring 2021 report. ‘We need new policies, ideas, and on-the-ground innovations to deliver real change.

‘Our members have long been committed to creating places that deliver for people and nature, and the sector is already working hard to provide place-based solutions to climate change – from site-specific innovations to landscape-scale transformation.

‘The integrated approach that landscape architecture represents is fundamentally important in securing our sustainable future.’

Landscape and climate action

‘Whatever the outcome of this hugely important gathering, we must continue to push for greener development on the ground,’ said LI Chief Executive Sue Morgan. ‘How we translate discourse into action will be the key to success, and the landscape profession must play its part.

‘Our work as a profession is inherently collaborative. We think holistically, with an understanding of natural and climatic systems, and of the connections between social justice, climate action, and habitat restoration; between people, place, and nature. We must play our role and make our voices heard, at COP26 and beyond.

‘I’m delighted to be attending COP26 and leading the LI on this important journey.’

The LI at COP26

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has granted the LI observer status in the inner UN ‘Blue Zone’, allowing us to be present for the negotiations and associated programme of conference activities.

Alongside this runs the ‘Green Zone’ – the expanded programme of events, exhibitions, workshops and more at the Glasgow Science Centre, taking place from 1 to 12 November alongside the summit. The Green Zone will be open to the public, in-person and online, allowing audiences from all over the world to get involved with over 200 events.

Find out more about the LI’s work at COP26 and sign up for updates here.


  1. This is excellent news and hopefully we can press for action to be taken and resources to be allocated. However, the Landscape Profession must also take a lead in preparing a clear picture of how we see the landscape evolving with the changes that need to be made. One example is how will our rural landscape change as we change to a largely meat free diet. There could be huge changes to our cultural landscape as pasture land is no longer required for grazing cattle and sheep and how do we protect hedgerow structures if they are no longer required for fencing in livestock. As the planet heats up and large areas of more arid countries can no longer produce food, will more temperate countries like Britain have to turn more and more land over to arable crops. Will the re-wilding of agricultural land be a luxury that we cant afford? What future for our upland landscapes if we use them for planting our woodlands and can no longer control vegetation by grazing. Lots and lots of big questions need to be addressed and we need to paint pictures for others to adopt and then work towards.


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