47th IFLA World Congress Held in Suzhou
47thIFLA World Congress Held in SuzhouThe 47thWorld Congress of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) that was organized by the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture and IFLA, supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, and sponsored by China Architectural Culture Centre was held in Suzhou from May 28 to 30, 2010. With “Harmony and Prosperity: Traditional Inheritance and Sustainable Development” as the theme, the congress focused on cherishing and protecting traditional natural and cultural values, and try to balance tradition and development in today’s society, promoting the healthy and sustainable development of cities in the broader context of rapid globalization and urbanization.At the opening ceremony, QIU Baoxing, the Vise Minster of Housing and Urban-Rural Development pointed out that after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, the Central Government of the nation has been laying high emphasis on the landscape development by taking it as a major social welfare and city infrastructure, and providing continuously enlarged investment on it. After years of construction, the planning and administration system for national scenic areas and the dynamic monitor system have been established. The green land area in cities, the green coverage rate, and the garden green area per capita have all realized continuous growth, with the layout of urban green land system more and more rational and the functions getting completed. The ecological environment of human settlement is remarkably improved. As an important part of the ecological civilization construction, the landscape construction has become an unneglectable foundation for a harmonious society.During the congress, the ceremony for the granting of titles of 2009 China National Garden City, County, and Town was also held, in which 41 National Garden Cities represented by Chongqing, 31 National Garden Counties represented by Rongchang County of Chongqing, and 5 National Garden Towns represented by Xinqiao Town of Jiangyin City in Jiangsu Province received their title.