The Landscape Institute has joined other European landscape bodies in reiterating their unanimous support for the Paris Accord on Climate Change, following the USA’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.
Delegates from 29 member nations of the European Region International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA EU) signed a joint declaration at a conference in Bucharest, expressing their shared dismay at President Trump’s stated intention to remove the USA from the Paris Accord.
‘Landscape Architects [sic] particular understanding of all landscapes and the effects of people upon them are central to our deliberations,’ the declaration states. ‘The role of our professions is to work with natural systems to best benefit sustainable change for all peoples.
‘…Through our joint voices we wish to contribute to any appeal that President Trump may hear and to support all those with whom we have common purpose in support of delivering the Paris Accord aims.’
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The Paris Accord
The Paris Accord is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emission, foster climate resilience and adaptibility, limit the average temperature increase and manage finances towards these ends in signatory nations starting in the year 2020. As of June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.
The Landscape Institute
Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. The Landscape Institute provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers. For more information, visit www.landscapeinstitute.org.
IFLA EU is the European arm of IFLA, an organisation which represents the landscape architectural profession globally. IFLA EU’s aim is to establish, support, and promote the landscape architectural profession across Europe. For more information, visit iflaeurope.eu.