In the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, IFLA Europe was asked by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) to prepare a report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’. Report was prepared by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe with the contribution and work of IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group consisting of:
This Report was pesented at the Conference of the European Landscape Convention in May 2019.
The Conference ‘took note of the Report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’ prepared in the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe…which highlights the importance of the contribution of the profession of landscape architects to the well-being and aspirations of society, and considers the need for recognition by the parties to the European Landscape Convention.
Amended the draft recommendations presented and adopted the Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the profession recognition of landscape architects.
Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention
Wishing to promote the professional recognition of landscape disciplines including landscape architects:
Encourages the State Parties to the European Landscape Convention:
a) to formally recognise the profession of landscape architects at national and international level
b) to support a multidisciplinary approach to landscape through cooperation of all relevant professions in all phases of the planning process
c) to increase the diversity of disciplines in the training in landscape professionals, particularly regarding science, management and planning
At the meeting of the Conference, where all 39 States Parties to the Conference were represented, the Statement was passed unilaterally, there were no dissensions, which is significant in demonstrating the strength of support.
Final report, dated 23 July 2019, including the adopted Statement of the Conference of the member States of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the professional recognition of landscape architects which was adopted at the 10th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention, in Strasbourg on 7 May 2019, was adopted by the Council of Europe Council of Ministers on 16 October 2019.
The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) who commissioned the report received the Report without comment at its meeting on the 12-14th June. The Council of Ministers… on 16 October 2019, at the 1357th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, the Committee of Ministers took note of the abridged report of the CDCPP, as it appears in document CM(2019)144, .
Globally, this is excellent news and will help Landscape Architects in many countries. However, there are 39 members States to the Council of Europe who have ratified the Convention, only 10 have regulated status for Landscape Architects as far as the EU (separate body) is concerned.
Though further work is now required, particularly that of questioning the legality of suppressing the title ‘Landscape Architect’, which is still the case in some countries, and will be followed by the IFLA Europe’s Council of Europe Working Group, we wish to inform National Associations of this important step taken at the European Landscape Conference,
which can be a tool for the National Associations to use in their country towards the accreditation of the profession.
Role of landscape architects in preserving heritage
“The landscapes have accompanied humanity in its journey through time and therefore represent living archives of our civilization in its struggle to adapt to the natural environment and changing circumstances, or a palimpsest keeping in mind the strata of our history. These landscapes can be traditional, such as the “seascapes”, along our coasts, the “urban landscapes” of all the urban and rural communities which shelter today the major part of the population of the planet, or the places, squares, gardens and historic parks…
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