Update: IFLA Professional Practice and Policy Working Groups

Since her election IFLA PPP Chair  Marina Cervera Alonso de Medina  has been restructuring the Working Groups in order to start 2017 fresh with 7 active Groups, each with clear leadership of the appointed Chair and an agreed mission and vision to be disseminated amongst our IFLA community and beyond. This work is outlined below:

IFLA CULTURAL LANDSCAPE WORKING GROUP

Mabel Contin is chairing this working group on cultural landscape that represents a broader vision from the definition essentially centred on the physical aspect (monument, site) to one more invested in the social approval. In the current context, cultural landscapes bear different meanings and interests depending on the social actors they concern: recreational activities, the environment, professional sports, tourism, and quietness are all parts of it. Correspondingly, our main objectives is to form a group of experts from different regions working on CL to disseminate outstanding examples of transformation of different types of CL (peripheral, rural, industrial, quarries, intangible, etc.).

GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARD

The working group “GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS” (IFLA GPS) was formed by the decision of the IFLA World Council in 2014 to explore potential opportunities and challenges of creating a global standard in landscape architecture and possibly certification system. As follow up IFLA GPS Chair Ilya Mochalov in partnership with the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards (CLARB) engaged in a series of conversations and conducted initial research into potential options, benefits, and risks of pursuing global standards and certification. During the 2016 World Council it was decided that the first step would be conducting the Global Landscape Architect Job Task Analysis, which should be done worldwide in partnership with CLARB. An executive summary of the survey findings, with responses from over 7,000 professionals show the worldwide commonalities among landscape architects regarding education, location, experience and task frequency can be found here. IFLA GPS Chair Ilya Mochalov in partnership with the Council of Landscape

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS WITHOUT BORDERS

This group leader’s co-chairs Tinoek Sekartjakrarini and Hitesh Mehta aim to mobilize the landscape architecture profession regarding the humanitarian services that landscape architects can provide to people and places around the world where they are non-existent or scarce. These altruistic services can include: helping re-plan and redesign areas that are recovering from natural disasters and political conflicts affecting not only cherished landscapes but human and non-human homes; giving general guidance to governments on how to optimally protect landscapes so as to prevent natural disasters; raise global awareness about the various aspects of the profession…

UNION INTERNATIONALE ARCHITECTES – IFLA

The next working group is chaired by Helena Gutmane and ensures the best cooperation among Architects and Landscape Architects at a world level. In particular, the pilot projects: Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes will be used as pioneer cooperation in Green Infrastructures aiming both associations and is determined to align the work of the IEC+N Project with the objectives of relevant international agencies and networks. A start has been made exploring connections with UN Habitat. This particular joint project of the UIA and the IFLA is led by Alan Rodger UIA and Tony Williams IFLA EU president.

NR&PL – NATURAL RESOURCES & PROTECTED LANDSCAPES

Monica Mariaca-Pando chairs this committee which original objective was to select projects and provide get hands on in the project in order to comply with objectives under the methodology the chair has developed developed.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ADVOCATE

Anastasia Nikologianni leads an international working group of young professionals and students of landscape architecture or relevant disciplines established aiming to create a community and integrate the voice of young professionals within IFLA. Her mission is to create a framework for young professionals that will support and enhance their induction to practice by effectively engaging the national organisations, academia, business and public sector in order to connect individuals and associations and secure the future of the profession across all the IFLA regions.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr. Mercer Clarke is an interdisciplinary scientist specializing in advancing community resilience to a changing climate.  An Adjunct Professor (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; School of Planning, University of Waterloo), Colleen is also a Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (University of Waterloo), working with expert teams focussed on the delivery of useful science to business interests and local governance organizations.  She will structure content and set up the vision and mission for this pioneering working group.