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Picking up where we left off….. Development Plan Priorities 2008 - 09 To develop clear and relevant policies that protect, conserve and enhance the natural.

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1 Picking up where we left off….

2 Development Plan Priorities To develop clear and relevant policies that protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment, and respond accordingly to public consultations. The LI will develop policies to demonstrate the profession’s ability to intervene in the public interest on key issues such as sustainability and climate change. The LI will publish documents on housing, green infrastructure, community development, health, [housing], and the European Landscape Convention.

3 LI Policy Committee Annie Coombs FLI Roger Butler MLIRichard Copas MLI Sue Evans MLI Noel Farrer MLI Martin Kelly FLI Jane Knight MLI Jon Lovell MLI (Chair) Ian Philips MLI MRTPI Paul Tiplady MLI MRTPI Peter Wilder MLI

4 Key Messages of the LI There has never been a more important time to highlight the role of landscape architecture. Landscape professionals can help deal with the impact of climate change – they understand how to mitigate the problem and adapt.

5 Purpose of the Climate Change Position Statement 1. Demonstrate to stakeholders and Government the critical role of the landscape architecture profession in delivering climate change policy objectives; 2. Inspire clients to adopt a holistic, landscape architecture approach to development which also delivers resilience in the face of a changing climate and assists in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; 3. Provide guiding principles and case studies of the approaches taken by landscape architects to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

6 Main features of the statement A strong headline Promoting the Landscape Institute Defining the purpose of the Statement Explaining fundamental relationship between landscape architecture and climate change Mitigation Adaptation Recommendations Case Studies References promoting and encouraging enabling and empowerment

7 Our headline The Landscape Institute calls for a Landscape Renaissance as a crucial ingredient in the fight against climate change. To this end, far greater recognition is needed of the holistic approach of landscape architecture and its fundamental importance in securing our sustainable future.

8 Recommendations Far greater recognition by Government and built environmental professionals of the role of landscape in combating climate change Far greater recognition of the holistic approach taken by Landscape Architects Landscape architects to be appointed in a co-ordinating role on all (commercial and public) regeneration and development projects

9 Effective inter-disciplinary team-working between design and construction professions Objective landscape and urban design criteria should be incorporated into the Code for Sustainable Homes, BREEAM etc Climate change adaptation needs to be afforded a greater priority in the policy-making process Recommendations

10 Which is the ‘sustainable’ scheme….? Thinking beyond carbon

11 Effective inter-disciplinary team-working between design and construction professions Objective landscape and urban design criteria should be incorporated into the Code for Sustainable Homes, BREEAM etc Climate change adaptation needs to be afforded a greater priority in the policy-making process Recommendations

12 Consultation responses 80% feel the document achieves its aims. 82% feel the document adequately defines the profession. 86% feel the document clearly outlines what the profession can do with regards to climate change. 73% feel the document adequately outlines adaptation approaches that can be taken by landscape architects. 83% feel the document both describes and explains the ways in which landscape responses to the climate challenge can help mitigate against further change.

13 Consultation Responses The document needs to be more specific in terms of what landscape architects can offer in the way of combating climate change, and adapting to new conditions. There is insufficient focus of the effects of climate change upon the landscape. For example, on landscape character. Responses to climate change adaptation and mitigation will also affect landscape character; The document should explore further the idea that landscape architects have the ability to create sense of place. Many respondents have submitted case studies and resource suggestions, some of which will be incorporated into the final publication.

14 Consultation Responses To sum up: “This is a commendable approach to promoting the benefits of the landscape architect profession in an area that we have been involved with for many years, and in advance of all the more recent interest. The position statement sets out how landscape architects are well placed to help but perhaps it also ought to stress more strongly that this is how landscape architects work anyway - it is part of the job and always has been. However, very well done”

15 Rural landscape issues, especially food for cars v. food for people renewable energy generation Related impacts on landscape character – debating what the new landscape aesthetic might be? Defining what “renaissance” means Importance of case studies European Landscape Convention (EU green paper on adaptation) Key themes to strengthen

16 Raising expectations: from here….

17 ….to here…

18 What do you think? Is our Position Statement strong enough? Does it cover all the right bases? Are there any key recommendations missing? What case studies should we be including?

19 LI Policy Priorities LI Policy Priorities Community development Healthy living Green infrastructure Climate change Housing

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25 Over to you… Punch above our weight No compromise on key messages and principles Together we can drive a Landscape Renaissance Together we can inspire more people to say “I want to be a landscape architect”


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