Australian Lanscape Principles
The Australian Landscape Principles have been developed as a strategic response to this issue, based on respect for the inherent and measurable values of landscape when developing planning, design and management strategies for climate change adaptation in our natural and built environments.
The term ‘green infrastructure’ describes the network of natural landscape assets which underpin the economic, socio-cultural and environmental functionality of our cities and towns - i.e. the green spaces and water systems which intersperse, connect and provide vital life support for humans and other species within our urban environments.
Individual components of this environmental network are sometimes referred to as ‘green infrastructure assets’, and these occur across a range of landscape scales from residential gardens to local parks and housing estates, streetscapes and highway verges, services and communications corridors, waterways and regional recreation areas etc.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects calls on the federal and state governments to develop an overarching sustainable settlement policy as a matter of national priority. Within Australia, significant leadership has been demonstrated across all levels of government in relation to sustainable settlement, through a wide range and scale of initiatives targeting carbon pollution reduction, energy efficiency, emissions trading, renewable energy, infrastructure and water.
A national Sustainable Settlement policy should build on such existing initiatives and provide support to them by locating them within an integrated national framework.
AILA National Policies
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has a suite of national policies to advance the profession of Landscape Architecture in the service of the public interest and to provide leadership in the creation and stewardship of sustainable cities and settlements.
Climate Adaptation Tools for Sustainable Settlements (CATSS) 2009 - 2010
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), in partnership with IFLA and the CSIRO, has commenced a one year project, reporting in June 2010, to undertake a preliminary review of Australian and international examples of climate adaptation tools and strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change within the context of the built environment.
Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Program 2008 - 2011
The purpose of the Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Program is to integrate understanding of the implications of climate change into education and training for professionals involved in developing planned adaptive responses to the impacts of climate change.
The AILA has developed the National Landscape Principles and has used these to develop and implement professional development programs that increase the expertise of landscape architects in assisting their clients and governments develop adaptive responses to climate change impacts.
>> overview and progress of the project >> Paper on Climate Systems and Climate Change