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ICLEI joins hands with UNEP for the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities

January 21, 2013

From January 2013, ICLEI and UNEP are collaborating on a global survey on Resource Efficiency in Cities. ICLEI will be involved in designing and disseminating the survey to local governments to explore their perspectives and their needs for a more efficient use of resources.

The survey is part of a broader project which includes a mapping exercise, conducted by Sustainable Cities International and Infrangilis, of the activities of other international stakeholders on resource efficiency in cities.

UNEP’s Global Initiative of Resource Efficiency in Cities (GI-REC) was launched during Rio+20 and is backed by ICLEI. Resource Efficiency is also one of ICLEI’s Strategic Agendas.

Covering areas such as waste management, efficient buildings and water use, the program aims to help cities worldwide to reduce pollution levels, improve resource efficiency and reduce infrastructure costs. Several cities have already joined the initiative, including the City of Sao Paulo, Malmo, Heidelberg, Quezon City and Gwangju.

Local governments which are interested to participate in the survey can already contact ICLEI at urban.research@iclei.org