The IFLA Americas Region As a continued tradition since 2012, the recent Americas Regional Conference concluded its meeting with the writing of The Panama City Declaration: URBIO and IFLA 2016.
“We therefore recognise and assert that urban landscape design for resilient and sustainable cities must focus on urban health together with biodiversity”
“De esta manera, reconocemos y afirmamos que el diseño del paisaje urbano para ciudades resilientes y sosteibles debe centrarse en forma conjunta en la salud urbana y la biodiversidad”
This declaration contains a number of pledges based on a shared understanding. The URBIO and IFLA collectively share as a joint vision the declaration of concern as presented in the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s New Landscape Declaration where it states, ‘The urgent challenge before us is to redesign our communities in the context of their bioregional landscapes enabling them to adapt to climate change and mitigate its root causes. As scientists, designers and planners versed in both environmental and cultural systems, we are uniquely positioned to bring related professions together into new alliances to address complex social and ecological problems. We bring different and often competing interests together so as to give artistic physical form and integrated function to the ideals of equity, sustainability, resiliency and democracy.’