LOJA Manifesto


We, the Americas Regional Council of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), meeting in Loja, supported by the attendees to IFLA Regional Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, we state that Landscape Architecture is a profession recognized worldwide, as independent from other professions, on account of its own, unique and different characteristics which is practiced by Landscape Architects, who are the qualified experts, specialized, educated and trained for the analysis, conservation, planning, design and production of the landscape.


We make this statement as representatives of IFLA an organization created in 1948 with the objective of ensuring, through education, communication and international promotion: the highest levels of performance in Landscape Architecture.

Sixty-five years later, IFLA is globally recognized and distinguished as the technical forum with broader participation and greater global leadership regarding this discipline

IFLA is a democratic, apolitical and non-governmental, not -for-profit organization and has worked, since its creation in the promotion and recognition of Landscape Architecture as a profession.

Most members of this organization have successfully established such profession in the nations to which they belong or have contributed to its expansion, its recognition and appreciation. However, in some countries the recognition of Landscape Architecture as a profession and Landscape Architects as the suitable professionals to carry it out, lacks of official recognition.

It is precisely to support and encourage the search for such recognition in those countries where this has not happened yet that for the last six decades IFLA has been working on attaining important achievements in conjunction with other international organizations. Such is the case of IFLA collaboration with UNESCO in the development of the appreciation and preservation of the historic urban landscape ( HUL ); the constant work of ICOMOS- IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and IFLA ‘s participation as a member of the Habitat Professionals Forum

( HPF ) which is a set of international NGOs who advise and work together with UN – Habitat.

IFLA has signed memoranda of understanding with several global organizations, such as those mentioned above and others, like the International Union of Architects ( UIA ) and the International Society for the planning of the City and Region ( ISOCARP ). Through these agreements the distinctiveness and independence, as well as the authority and reputation of this unique profession that is Landscape Architecture was recognized. The latter, without disregard and working together with all the other professions related to space and the environment.

The International Labor Organization ( ILO) has classified and defined the profession of landscape architecture in its list of professions through the Resolution: ISCO-08 2162 – Title : Landscape Architect.


Given this background and referendums cited and in order to articulate the actions of the various international organizations, we demand full compliance with the respective legislation in each country as well as to give effect to the documents signed and thus honor the work of Landscape Architects from around the world as to acknowledge the uniqueness and independence of Landscape Architecture and its complementary role to other professions related to the management of space, nature, environment and culture.


The IFLA Landscape Latin American Initiative (LALI) seeks to promote the recognition, protection, planning and sustainable management of the landscape, leading to awareness of its diversity and related values in our countries. This, as a result of the synergy arising from civil society, academia, unions, and institutions, who claim for the need to expand the concept of landscape. The latter, as a metaphor of inclusiveness multiplicity and pluralism in the landscape design, biology and planning. For the foregoing reasons LALI, requires and supports the most clear and comprehensive recognition of Landscape Architecture and the Landscape Architects as the professionals responsible for its implementation, under which, adheres signing this manifesto.

Loja, October 29, 2013

IFLA Americas Regional Council
Desiree Martinez Maria Uriarte, President IFLA International
Carlos Jankilevich Vice President IFLA Americas
Diana Ceballos Wiesner, Treasurer IFLA Americas (also acting as Secretary due to Paulo Pellegrino’s absence) 
Ana Luisa Artesi, Delegate from Argentina
Saide Kathouni Delegate from Brazil
Maria Teresa Espinosa of Cellis, Delegate from Bolivia
Moncayo Alexandra Vega, Delegate from Ecuador
Rossana Somaruga, Delegate from Uruguay 
Virginia Laboranti, Observer from Argentina
Lily Mamani Poma, Observer from Bolivia
Gloria Aponte, Observer from Colombia

Latina American Landscape Initiative
Martha Cecilia Fajardo LALI Coordinator

Guayaquil 2013 IFLA Regional Conference

Organizers, Key Note speakers and attendies
by acclamation-

A Prelude to IFLA Newsletter #103




Kia ora,

The 50th World Congress in Auckland was fantastic! We had a democratic, diligent and hopefully very fruitful World Council. The Congress served as a 50th anniversary celebration honoring April the international landscape architecture month!

It is the 50th time the World Council has met to make decisions regarding IFLA´s development and politics and the 50th time an international congress on landscape architecture was celebrated by our organization, giving landscape architects from around the world the chance to exchange experiences and share wisdom.

We had the attendance of delegates from 51 countries, which is a lot, especially when you consider that IFLA has about 70 member countries!

Our colleagues from NZILA and AILA, chaired by Renee Davies, organized the perfect congress in the perfect location!

The presence of the Maori culture was profoundly special. The opening ceremony was held in a very traditional way as a Powhin at  Tamaki Paenga Hira (Auckland War Memorial  Museum.) Regarding the meaningful link the Maoris have to our Mother Earth, I cannot imagine a better way to begin our anniversary congress!

During the World Council (WC) we worked on the strategic plan in order to bring IFLA up to date and enable us to face the current challenges of our profession. Among the important issues addressed at the WC, were the need for a clear, efficient and transparent communication system and the necessity to look for diverse financial alternatives for our organization.

A great deal of work has been done in the last months. Thanks to the support and persistence of our secretary general, Ilya Mochalov, IFLA´s historic archives have been digitalized by the René Pechère Library archivists and are now accessible online.

We have gained even more support for UNESCO´s initiative towards an International Landscape Convention, the creation of National Landscape Charters and Regional initiatives, like the LALI (Latin American Landscape Initiative).

It is the 5th time we have awarded the outstanding lifetime achievement of a Landscape Architect. This time, we had to honor to bestow the Sir Geoffrey Jellocoe Award on Prof. Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles from Portugal (APAP). For health reasons he could not attend the Award ceremony, but on his behalf APAP´s president Miguel Braula Reis received the award and presented a lecture along with a remarkable video.

The Congress presentations were excellent! We journeyed among the local, rural and urban landscape, we experienced the deep link between the indigenous people and the landscape, and we learned about resilience and proposed radical change.  The purpose and theme of the Congress “Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change” was certainly achieved!

This congress was a testament to our profession, which has been evolving through the last decades and is now proving that complex challenges can be faced in a holistic and innovative way through landscape architecture. Additionally, it acknowledged that ancient and indigenous wisdom is also a source of innovation and can provide solutions to the problems that we face today!

Thanks again to all people that participated in the organization of the congress and of course to all attendees! Congratulations to all!

With a big hug,

Desiree Martínez

Please visit us at the following link to view the video with the results of the IFLA photography contest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKR0PsLR8xk&feature=share&list=PLEoBcmwedS6C66lwzMOcAC2hCMPvvK9rU




The LALI wave: driving the change

Signature and ratification of the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI) by the civil society, the academia, the local government attending the IFLA SAP 2012 Americas Conference, in Medellin, Colombia, October 19.

” LALI is a regional initiative, but its meaning goes much beyond the limits of the Latin America region: it signals the mobilisation of civil society for the safeguarding of important collective values, the ones that are represented by the conservation of beauty, of biodiversity, of traditional knowledge, of heritage in all its forms. 

Unesco praises the work that you have done during this meeting, and wholeheartedly supports the LALI initiative as a basis for an enhanced regional and international action that will lead to the development of more effective and universal policies, in collaboration with all the main United Nations Agencies, the international NGOs and national and local Governments of all the regions of the world.

Thanks! We look forward to an even greater global engagement for the preservation of Landscapes! ”

Francesco Bandarin UNESCO ADG Culture

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Nota Bene: Thank you to Martha Fajardo, LALI Chair-ILC task force member and IFLA Former President for this valuable contribution.