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Itabashi Ward receives an award for its sustainable city development

April 09, 2008

Itabashi Ward (Japan) has received an award for its excellent framework of cooperation with citizens and businesses.

The award is from the Japanese Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan.

Itabashi Ward has advocated harmony with nature in its schematic plan and promoted sustainable development.  In 1993, the Ward adopted an “Environmental City Declaration” so that government, citizen and business could work together on environmental conservation. In 2001, it established the Activity Council that involves all environmental organizations and community groups in the Ward to work together on cleaning, resource recovery and recycling.

In 18 districts of the Ward, Regional Environmental Action Commissions that consist of local government, businesses and shops were also established. The commissions work together with the Council on environmental conservation activities concerning each district’s characteristic.

Sustainable development, as defined by the Brundtland Report, is “… development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  ICLEI’s mission is to build sustainable communities.  Please visit other pages on our website – www.iclei.org – for more information.

Itabashi Ward is one of 20 local governments in Japan that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please visit the ICLEI Japan Office at www.iclei.org/japan.

Source:  Japan for Sustainability, March 2008.