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ICLEI presents at MENAREC 4

Director of ICLEI’s International Training Centre and Project Manager of ICLEI’s Local Renewables Model Communities project, Ms Monika Zimmermann, presented on behalf of local governments at the Middle East and North African Renewables Energy Conference (MENAREC 4). Invited by the Syrian government, Ms Zimmermann presented the relevant role of local governments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate protection.  It was the first time that the local government perspective was part of a MENAREC Conference.  Local self governance is not widespread in this region. At the conference, hundreds of government representatives, among them many ministers and leaders of energy agencies, scientists, and business representatives confirmed the importance of wind and sun as current and future energy sources.  An exchange between experts from Europe, North America and India discussed the growing relevance of renewable energy. For more information and presentations from the Conference, please visit www.menarec4syria.org.