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Eco-Label awarded to South Africa Beaches
November 27, 2008
ICLEI member cities, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Metro care for 10 of the 19 South African beaches that were awarded Blue Flag status for the 2008/9 season. The Blue Flag is an international award, working towards sustainable development at beaches and marinas. [more]

Africa local governments prepare for Global Civil Society Forum
November 27, 2008
The UNEP Regional Office for Africa organized a preparatory meeting from 10 – 11 November 2008 for the upcoming Global Civil Society Forumin February 2009. The GCSF will provide a platform for exchange and consultation on key environmental issues. [more]

Developing Groundwater Management In Southern Africa
November 27, 2008
A workshop in Botswana in November 2008 sought an approach for the integration of groundwater management into the Southern African Development Community and its Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) initiative. [more]

East Asia

Makati City (Philippines) promote Energy Efficient Lighting in public markets
November 28, 2008
Makati City (Philippines) continues to promote aggressively the use of energy efficient lightings all over the city by providing it to ten public markets in two city districts in order to replace all incandescent lights currently being used in these markets. [more]

Changwon, Korea environmental capital, host international environmental forum
November 27, 2008
At the commemoration of the second anniversary of the declaration of Changwon City as the Environmental Capital of Korea, an International Environmental Forum was successfully held in Changwon City on 18 November 2008. [more]


Outcomes of the EU - Asia Solid Waste Management Conference
November 27, 2008
The recent conference "EU - Asia Solid Waste Management" saw a high participation of experts from the EU and Asia, gathering together to exchange information and experiences on environmental policies, technologies, and practices in the field of solid waste management. The conference papers, as wel... [more]
Birmingham Procura plus seminar

Bringing about sustainable change in markets
November 12, 2008
An energy-efficient future was on the international agenda at the Procura+ Seminar on ‘smarter engagement with the market’ on 6-7 November 2008 hosted by the City of Birmingham (UK). [more]

Latin America & Carribean

Capacity training on inventories of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cuiabá, Brazil
November 27, 2008
The training took place within the State Climate Policy Project – PEClima. [more]
Belo Horizonte

Capacity Training in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: "An Introduction to inventories on greenhouse gas emissions"
November 27, 2008
The first of a series of capacity trainings on inventories, “An Introduction to inventories on greenhouse gas emissions” took place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on 11 November 2008. Its main objective was to enable participants to use of this tool and to open a discussion as to why use it. [more]
São Paulo

Brazil Seminar on Sustainable Public Procurement
November 04, 2008
Officials from the city and state of Sao Paolo, and Minas Gerais discussed at the event how to promote sustainability through procurement in Brazil. [more]

North America

Green Efforts Will Yield Over $1 Million in Annual Savings for Atlanta
November 28, 2008
The Office of Sustainability and the Office of Enterprise Assets Management are focused on the implementation of no-cost energy and water conservation measures that will reduce both utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Mayor Villaraigosa Unveils Solar Plan for Los Angeles
November 28, 2008
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled an ambitious long-range plan Monday for securing enough solar power to meet one-tenth of the city's energy needs by 2020, a move aimed at making L.A. a hub of the solar-energy industry. Appearing at a South Los Angeles manufacturing plant where solar... [more]


Leadership in a New Climate, forums on adaptation
November 28, 2008
The 'Leadership in a New Climate' (LINC) forums are designed to give councils in Australia a holistic look at what is involved in taking a leading approach to adaptation – one that enhances the existing risk-management frameworks that councils already use. [more]