LIFE and Soil protection

LIFE and Soil protection

January 2014 – 68 pages

With issues such as erosion, soil sealing, carbon capture and contaminated land of growing public concern and policy focus, this brand-new LIFE Focus publication takes a timely look at LIFE and Soil protection.

The 68 page brochure includes an overview of EU soil policy, analysis of LIFE’s contribution to its implementation and interviews that link soil science to policy-making to practical action. It also addresses in detail the impact of LIFE actions relating to all the key issues around soil sustainability, including: land take and soil sealing; soil biodiversity; carbon capture; soil monitoring; soil and water protection; sustainable agriculture; and land contamination.

The publication thus provides an opportunity to highlight and assess the LIFE programme’s
contribution to soil protection to date, including proposals for ways in which project outcomes may be better channelled and have an even greater impact in future.

If you are interested in ordering a printed copy of this and other LIFE Focus publications, please visit the ordering publications section of the LIFE website.

Download Download: Long-term impact and sustainability of LIFE Nature
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Deadline extended – IFLA SGJA Trophy Competition

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

Requirements for the design

  • Should represent the profession
  • Should represent the impact of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s work
  • Should be of a design, material and production that encompasses sustainability
  • Should be designed in such a manner that the container and the object could be one or complement each other
  • Should be reasonable and practical in size to carry and be representative so the object and its container do not to exceed 40 cm long.
  • The object and its container should weigh less than 1000 grams.
  • Should have sufficient space and appropriate surface to easily engrave the name of the awardee on it
  • Should be inspiring and memorable

Submission requirements

The submission should be made in pdf format size A4. It should include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 pages with the following:

  • The concept with a short summary text of 50 words for publication purposes
  • A 3D view of each side
  • Material description and costs in Euros for the production of 5 pieces
  • Participants should send an email expressing their intention to participate, through an anonymous email with their code (best is a combination of 3 letters and 3 numbers in any combination) by January 31, 2014.
    The material submitted will not be returned to its author.
  • By accepting to compete the designers do a full transfer of rights of exploitation of the work to IFLA
  • IFLA will duly recognised the winner on its “Award Competition” communications


All design professionals around the world are welcomed to participate individually or as a group.


The winner will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the nursery Lorberg


The production of the award must be affordable for IFLA (maximum €500). The cost of production will be one of the evaluation criteria.

The winner of the competition will produce 5 awards. These awards will be delivered at IFLA’s office in Brussels by May 15, 2014. All production and shipping costs will be covered by IFLA.

The winner and IFLA will share the copyright of the work.

The Jury & Selection Committee

Chair: Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI , Assistant to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1960-63)
Ms. Desiree Martínez, IFLA President
Mr. Ilya Mochalov, IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope, IFLA Treasurer
Dr. Tunji Adejumo, IFLA Vice-President for Africa
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich, IFLA Vice-President for Americas
Dato Ismail Ngah, IFLA Vice-President for Asia-Pacific
Ms. Ana Luengo, IFLA Vice-President for Europe
Maestro Sebastián, Mexican plastic artist

Important dates

Closing date for questions

January 31, 2014

Closing date for submission

February 20, 2014

Jury’s decision

February 24, 2014

Winner’s announced

February 25, 2014


IFLA Communication Committee
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Brussels – a city of cars, Amsterdam – a city of cyclists

Cities for People



By Devon Paige Willis
Devon is doing a Masters program called 4Cities, an Erasmus Mundus Masters that takes students from Brussels to Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid to study cities. Gehl Architects met her when she was interning at the Montréal Urban Ecology Center in 2013.


In September, I moved to Brussels for my studies. Before arriving I knew little about the Belgian (and de-facto European) capital besides what I learned when I visited in 2010 and what I heard from friends:  tasty waffles and fries, a strange statue of a boy peeing, two official languages and a good system of trams. I had been told it often rains and each time I told someone my Master’s program involves studying in four European cities, unequivocally Brussels prompted the least enthusiastic response.

It turns out that Brussels is an incredibly interesting city – the politics, the culture, the diversity and its interesting…

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