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December, 2021
In this edition...
  • Message from the President's Desk
  • The church forests of Ethiopia
  • ASLA Landscape Architecture conference - Africa Landscape Architecture presentation,
  • IFLA World Congress 2022,
  • World Urban Forum (WUF) and
  • IFLA World congress 2023
  • AJLA: 2nd Edition,
  • The ALN and
  • News from IFLA Europe & Asia Pacific Region 

From the President's Desk

Getting to know your organization

It is important that our members are aware of the relationship of IFLA Africa to IFLA World and how this relationship works. Perhaps it's best to start with an understanding of the structure of IFLA, as it officially represents the world body of landscape architects and its regions in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the UN, UNESCO, UIA etc.  IFLA represents 77 national associations from five different regions.  IFLA Africa is one of these regions with the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

IFLA's mission is to promote the landscape architectural profession within a collaborative partnership of the allied built-environment professions, demanding the highest education standards, training, research and professional practice, and providing leadership and stewardship in all matters.

IFLA has three core objectives. They are:
•    To establish, develop and promote the profession, discipline and education of landscape architecture, combined with its diverse range of arts and sciences on an international basis.
•    To establish, develop and promote the highest standards of education and professional practice influencing the widest range of landscape architectural operations (including but not limited to planning, design, ecology, biodiversity, management, maintenance, culture, conservation, and socio-economics).
•    To develop and promote the international exchange of knowledge, research, skills and experience in all matters related to landscape architecture across all cultures and communities.

IFLA is governed by an Executive Committee (EXCO), comprising a president, treasurer, the president of each of the five regions, and the chairs of four standing committees.  The committees drive, co-ordinate and deliver initiatives, policies and programmes across its membership. 

Each Committee has several working groups that focus on topics central to the profession, such as climate change and supporting emerging professionals.  These working groups have elected chairs and regional representatives to ensure a global perspective is applied to their work.

The four standing committees are:
•    The Education and Academic Affairs Committee (EAA)
•    The Professional Practice and Policy Committee (PPP)
•    The Communications and External Relations Committee (CER); and
•    The Financial and Business Planning Committee (FBP).

IFLA Africa mimics this structure with its EXCO, comprising a President, Secretary-General, Treasurer and the Chair of the four standing committees.  Each Committee has its Working Groups focusing on topics central to the profession but from an African perspective.  

The IFLA Africa Regional Council, which meets every two years at a regional symposium, comprises the EXCO and a delegate from each member association, i.e. one from Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa.  

The flowchart below gives a graphic representation of these.  Future columns will introduce you to the IFLA Africa EXCO members and their portfolio roles, aims, and objectives.

For now, as the year ends, I wish you a pleasant and restful holiday season and the very best for 2022!  I hope that IFLA Africa, with its newly elected Executive Committee, will grow from strength to strength on the foundation that our previous EXCO has established. And that it will deliver on IFLA's core objectives from our uniquely African perspective.  Until next time!

For a further understanding of IFLA use this link:

Graham Young 
President, IFLA Africa
In this month's climate change conversation, we feature a photo essay by Kieran Dodds, in his latest book  'THE CHURCH FORESTS OF ETHIOPIA' which reveals how spiritual ideas nurture sustainable landscapes in a time of ecological crisis.

'Seen by their guardians as sacred, Ethiopia’s church forests are protected and cared for by their priests and their communities. At the heart of each circle of forest, hunkered down under the ancient canopy and wrapped in lush vegetation, are saucer-shaped churches – otherworldly structures that almost seem to emit a life force. And in a sense they do.
The vast church forest network, covering an area the size of England and Wales, has the potential to offer a significant barrier to desertification in this region.'
The church forests of Ethiopia
In the secular west, we can easily overlook spiritual viewpoints as we seek ways to restore and protect the environment, despite the roots of the modern environmental movement being spiritual. As these photographs show, spiritual beliefs still have the power to conserve and heal. Find out more

Image courtesy of The Guardian

Last month, three members ( Ambrose, Anthony and Hitesh) from IFLA Africa, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) which was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Participants were meeting after 2 years because the 2020 live meeting was cancelled and was held virtually. The Africa Landscape Architecture presentation ended up being hybrid, with Ambrose joining virtually.

Thanks Anthony, Ambrose and Hitesh for the efforts you put into the well praised presentation in the reviews and feedback received from attendees.
The details of the presentation are as below
The world has witnessed rapid changes with the spread of the pandemic, technological revolution, and political conflicts. We the professionals now have the mission to provide healthy, happy, and beautiful vision for 2022. For this, we will gather to discuss issues of landscape with the scale ranging from local to global.

Through this event, we will reclaim public leadership in landscape architecture as we re:visit professional and academic achievements, re:shape the earth through emerging discourse and technologies, re:vive everyday lives to be healthier and more vibrant days, and finally re:connect to nature.

IFLA invites you to Gwangju Korea to share ideas and visions to make a better future.
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The theme of WUF11, Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future, will provide greater insights and clarity on the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities, as well as suggest ways cities can be better prepared to address future pandemics and a wide range of other shocks.

The WUF was established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The first WUF was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002 and has been held around the world ever since
Registration is OPEN
IFLA World Congress 2023
Architects Sweden and Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), have begun plans to co-host the IFLA World Congress from 27-28th of September 2023 in Sweden and Kenya. Read about this and more in this newsletter
Holiday Greetings!

Finally, on behalf of the IFLA AFRICA EXCO, a big congratulations the chair of the Professional Practice and Policy Committee (PPP), Brenda Kamande. We wish you the very best with all your preparations leading to a very successful marriage on the 22nd December.
Happy marriage life in advance 🎉🎊.

We wish you all happy Holidays 2021 and a prosperous New year 2022!

- Communications & External Relations (CER) Team
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The African Landscape Network (ALN) is an online map based interface that features a landscape focussed network of individuals and projects across the African continent.
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