Looking ahead and planning is something we all do without much thought. Thinking about the future is virtually a necessity in the modern world. The planet faces a convergent and interacting combination of challenges in energy, water and food security, alongside ecosystem degradation and climate change. Obstacles to sustainable management of the Earth’s systems abound, in governance, society and the economy.
The choices we make now and in the coming years will shape the sustainability of our planet and the environmental legacy we leave to future generations. That’s why it’s vitally important that as landscape and environmental professionals we practice broader and deeper thinking with an understanding of the processes and implications of change in coupled human and natural systems.
Sustainable landscapes are essential for the future we want. Landscape approaches seek to provide tools and concepts for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals.
We have the capability and motivation to bear cutting-edge integrated thinking, best practice, and strident creativity to make a project vision viable, morover to make a real contribution to sustainability.