Biosecurity and plant health is an awkward area for landscape architects to engage in: we tend to be generalists and biosecurity is a fast-changing and highly technical field with environmental, political and economic implications. Nevertheless, it’s an essential strand to what we do and understanding how our designs and actions affect biosecurity is a challenge.
The Government’s policy approach to Brexit was set out in a White Paper in February 2017 and the post below is a technical summary submitted to the Landscape Institute Biosecurity Group. The general approach in the White Paper is to ensure that all EU regulations which are directly applicable in the UK, and all laws which have been made in the UK implementing EU directives remain part of domestic law on the day we leave the EU.
Donald Trump’s Presidency raises questions for all of us, but for landscape architects in the USA, it raises acute issues that range across many disciplines within the profession of landscape architecture. Perhaps the most high profile example is the US-Mexico wall and sooner or later, designers will be asked to make it a reality.
A short twitter conversation this morning got me thinking: we can assess the natural environment and how we manage it in so many ways, and in nearly every metric we are causing a paradigm shift in the world around us. Sure, part of the problem is the language we use: ‘biodiversity’ and ‘ecosystem services’ don’t go anywhere near suggesting the wonder or might of these systems and so perhaps it’s no wonder that voters across the spectrum seem to rate the green agenda so low on their list of priorities. But for all the hullabaloo about how language shapes our understanding of the world, there must be more that we can do to put nature nearer to the top of the agenda. But what?