Landscape planning, as a forward-looking action to enhance, restore or create landscapes, is a dynamic field of research and application. Practitioners and researchers around the world are active in contributing to the further development of landscape planning theory and practices. Many IALE conferences feature related presentations and symposia. What is missing, however, is a continuous forum for landscape planners within IALE to stay in contact, to share experiences, and to jointly move landscape planning forward.

The objective of the Landscape Planning IALE working group is to provide a forum for continuous debate and exchange of landscape planning practitioners and scientists concerning emerging challenges, topical issues as well as the further development of landscape planning theory and methods. To achieve its objective, the working group undertakes the following activities:


  • ·        Maintains an e-mailing list for communication,

  • ·        Regularly organizes symposia and workshops at IALE World or regional conferences,

  • ·        Identifies topical challenges, trends and development of landscape planning,

  • ·        Engages in joint publications, and

  • ·        Explores options for further collaboration in joint research projects.


In 2016, the IALE working group on landscape planning co-organized a workshop on the Assessment and Valuation of Cultural Ecosystem Services in Landscapes at Leibniz Universität Hannover. As one of the outcomes of the workshop, a special issue is currently being developed with the journal Ecosystem Services.


In 2017, the working group sponsors two symposia at the IALE European Congress in Ghent, Belgium, 12-15 September 2017: (i) Strategic planning – a way of incorporating landscape thinking into regional development, and (ii) Landscape Planning and Nature-based Solutions. Both symposia will serve as platforms for working group members to meet, and options for joint publication efforts as well as further activities will be explored.  


The landscape planning working group was founded at the IALE World Congress 2015 in Portland, USA. All interested colleagues are warmly invited to participate - for more information and in case you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Christian Albert (



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