UNITAR Series on the Management and Conservation of World Heritage Sites

14 – 18 April
Theme:World Heritage Nominations:Justification For The Inscription of Cultural Landscapes
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
The 2014 Workshop examines in detail the expectations and requirements needed to effectively define potential Outstanding Universal Value, as one of the fundamental parts of preparing World Heritage nominations. While providing an overview of the overall nomination process, the workshop will focus on preparing the section of the nomination related to the justification for inscription, especially in the case of cultural landscapes.

Nominations of cultural landscapes – being the combined works of people and nature – often pose particular challenges as their potential outstanding universal value arises not from their cultural or natural qualities assessed independently but from the inter-relationship between culture and nature.  The workshop will therefore examine how to present a clear argument for the justification for inscription of cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List. While there will be an emphasis on cultural landscapes, the overall scope of the workshop also applies to other types of natural and cultural sites.



Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity in Europe

1st European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity
Dates: 8-11 April 2014, Florence, Italy
Call for abstracts
The Conference Scientific Committee welcomes submission of abstracts for presentations in technical and poster sessions. Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following Conference themes:

Key Topics
·        Interactions between cultural and biological diversity and identification of linkages between cultural and biological diversity in the European context
·        Historical development of biodiversity patterns associated with “natural” and “cultural” landscapes, including the interacting actors, factors and processes
·        Traditional agricultural and forest management practices related to bio-cultural diversity
·        Development of methods and approaches for the assessment of the links between biological and cultural diversity and the resulting  “bio-cultural” diversity
·        Development of integrated management strategies at landscape level
·        Implementation of international, regional and national agreements dealing with cultural and biological diversity
Information to be provided when submitting an abstract
Language: English
Name, organizational affiliation and email address of each author: The author who will present the paper or poster at the Conference must be designated as the Presenting Author.
Title of the paper (less than 20 words long): should clearly summarize the topic  of the abstract.
Key words or phrases: up to 5.
Main text of abstract (170-200 words): Should describe the context and specific problem/topic of study, methods, main results and conclusions in plain writing.
Criteria for selection
All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Conference Scientific Committee. Primary selection criteria include scientific quality, topical significance, and relevance to the Conference themes and to the particular topic to which the abstract is submitted.
Abstracts will be evaluated after the 15 December 2013 submission deadline. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than 15 January 2014.
A selection of papers will be offered to be published in a book with the publisher Springer Verlag. Conference organizers will explore alternative publication options as special issues of journals for papers and/or posters presented in their sessions.
All abstract proposals should be submitted online to this address: http://landscapeunifi.it/en/call
Registration: the conference has no registration fee. The organization will provide conference materials, buffet and conference dinner at no cost. Participants are requested to pay for their own travel expenses and lodging.
If you encounter any problem during the on line submission please send the requested information by e-mail to the conference secretariat: landscape@unifi.it
Mrs. Dr. Phd Valentina Marinai
Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage (coordinator Prof. Mauro Agnoletti) – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems- University of Florence.
Organizers: UNESCO,  S-CBD,  Tuscan Region, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies, Italy, Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage – University of Florence
Patronages: IUFRO, Ministry of Environment, Florens Foundation

Nouvelles acquisitions de PAYSAGES


PAYSAGES – la bibliothèque de l’AAPQ est un centre de documentation pour l’architecture de paysage et les paysagesVous avez des documents et des références à nous proposer? N’hésitez pas à nous les transmettre, et ce, en tout temps soit via Partager ou par courriel àl.desrochers@aapq.org.

ASLA Announces Green Street RFQ

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is inviting landscape architecture firms to submit their qualifications to serve as lead consultant for a project greening the streets surrounding ASLA’s headquarters in Washington, DC’s Chinatown. The deadline is January 15, 2014 at 5:00pm EST

The project involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public.

The selected firm will oversee the project through all phases from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach. It will collaborate with the ASLA Site Sustainability Task Force throughout all phases of the project.

Submission is open to international and national firms of all sizes.

According to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, the executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, ASLA seeks the design expertise of its members to create a national model that will serve as an example for future development in the District and throughout the United States.

“We have been part of the neighborhood since 1999, when we purchased our building on I Street NW, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of the community for a long time,” said Somerville. “The Green Streets project will help make our vision of making the Chinatown community a greener, more sustainable and attractive place to live, work and play.”

For more information and directions on how to submit, please visit www.asla.org/greenstreet or send an email to RFQ@asla.org.

How to Tackle SITES


We often hear from landscape architects about the cutting-edge sustainable design practices they are bringing to their latest Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®)-certified works, but we rarely hear from their clients. In a session at the ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston organized by Liz Guthrie, ASLA, professional practice manager at ASLA, landscape architects and their clients together discussed their motivation to become certified Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) projects, the challenges involved in working with this new 200-point rating system, and the lessons learned.

Why a Sustainable Landscape?

For Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the goal was to apply “systems-thinking” to their new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which received the first four-star rating from SITES (see image above). “We wanted to know how we could truly integrate the building and landscape.”

He said too many buildings are “completely isolated nature.” This is a real problem because humans…

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