IFLA Climate Change Working Group

The International Federation of Landscape Architects Climate Change Working Group is chaired by CSLA members Colleen Mercer Clarke, APALA, FCSLA and Hope Parnham, APALA, CSLA.

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IFLA Declares a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

September, 2019

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency at the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway. 

The move comes following the unanimous support of the 77 voting nations and it maps out an action plan of what IFLA will do in response to the issues the globe is facing. 

(Photo: Colleen Mercer Clarke addressing the IFLA World Council in Oslo. Photo by H. Parnham)

“The earth has continued to experience record breaking temperatures, rapid glacial and artic sea ice loss, drought and wildfires and repeated extreme weather events,” said IFLA President, James Hayter.

“Climate change has already significantly affected the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and species.”

“By declaring an emergency we’re adding to the voice of IFLA to the growing list of organisations across the globe who are demanding more action.”

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, and Hope Parnham, CSLA's President-Elect, are co-chairs of IFLA's Climate Change Working Group, which proposed the ClimateACTION! Plan. The plan, adopted by IFLA, outlines an engagement model with members, partners, allied professions researchers and educators, to bring about a programme of real change.

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Canadian Landscape Architects Support the International Global Accord: Adaptation for a Changing World

Ottawa – November 29th, 2018– As of November 9th, 2018, the nine regional, provincial and territorial associations that comprise the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) have ratified the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ (IFLA) historic Global Accord on adaptation for a changing world. Initially ratified by the IFLA World Council (comprised of representatives from 76 national associations from the IFLA World Regions: Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific) the Accord. establishes three guiding principles for planning and design decision-making and encourages collaboration across disciplines and geographic and national boundaries.  The Canadian was the first national association to ratify the Accord, and is also the first to have completed ratification by all its regional, provincial and territorial components. Read the press release...

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