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ICLEI Africa and Local African Governments Host Sustainablity Event
May 13, 2009
ICLEI Africa and The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) delivered a two-day learning platform on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy from 31 March - 1 April 2009. The event, which represented 13 African countries, resulted in the establishment of an African Local Government su... [more]

ICLEI Africa and South African Government Launch Biodiversity Guidebook
May 13, 2009
ICLEI Africa, in partnership with the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), are coming together to launch the LAB Local Government Biodiversity Management Guidebook. The publication will showcase lessons learned through the Lab pioneer project and cover a com... [more]

East Asia

Itabashi: Leader in Green Curtain Movement
May 13, 2009
ICLEI Member, Itabashi city (Tokyo, Japan) is the birthplace of the Green Curtain Movement. The city is setting up nets outside school buildings, public facilities and homes to grow plants. [more]

Cities in Japan Reduce Use of Plastic Bags
May 12, 2009
According to a nationwide survey conducted by The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Japan, 40 percent of prefectures and 40 percent of municipalities have already implemented schemes to in some way reduce the use of plastic shopping bags. Many local governments are also implementing measures to redu... [more]

Bike Campaign Top Priority in Changwon City
May 12, 2009
Tour-de-Korea kicked off in Seoul on April 25 and wrapped up in Changwon City on May 3. Changwon City, an ICLEI Member, has made eco-mobility a top priority by promoting bike campaigns throughout the city, including a public bicycle rental program. [more]


Climate Protection on Track in Freiburg
May 12, 2009
In an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions, Freiburg (Germany) is using the Earth's natural resources and locally produced renewable energy to power its tram system.  [more]

Bologna Renews Commitment to Sustainability
May 12, 2009
Bologna (Italy) is continuing to work towards sustainability by adopting The Urban Environmental Sustainability Programme, which aims to increase neighbourhood involvement and foster communication with citizens.  [more]

Children for Climate Protection
May 06, 2009
During one week, in over 18 European countries, children carry out activities on sustainable mobility and climate change, focusing on the fun of movement and independent mobility. This is part of the ZOOM project by Climate Alliance, an associate partner of the Local Government Climate Roadmap. [more]

Innovative Procurement Possibility
April 30, 2009
The European project “SMART SPP – innovation through sustainable procurement” invites suppliers and manufacturers of highly energy efficient technologies to respond to a 'Prior Information Notice' (PIN) that is used to inform companies about planned future procurement actions. [more]

Latin America & Carribean

Brazilian Conference on Climate Change, 18-20 May 2009, Brasilia (Brazil)
May 07, 2009
The First Brazilian Journey on Climate Change and Sustainable Consumption will be held from 18-20 May, 2009 in Brasilia, Brazil and will look the impact of climate change on Brazilian cities.  [more]

North America

ICLEI Canada Case Studies Showcase Best Practices
May 13, 2009
The ICLEI Canada Case Study Series showcases local environmental and sustainability best practices from amongst ICLEI's Canadian Members. Case studies include York Region: VIVA Rapid Transit System and Annapolis Royal's Tidal Surge Project.  [more]

San Francisco Goes Solar
May 12, 2009
San Francisco is set to build the largest municipal solar project in the United States which will produce enough energy to power approximately 1 000 households.  [more]


ICLEI Oceania Develops Climate Change Adaptation Program
May 12, 2009
ICLEI Oceania has developed the Adaptive and Resilient Communities (ARC). which is a structured capacity building program on climate change adaptation. ARC is modeled on the adaptive management framework used in the ICLEI Adaptation Toolkit.    [more]

ICLEI Oceania Staff Come Together on Day of Action
May 12, 2009
Triple Bottom Line accounting (TBL) was an important part of this year's ICLEI Oceania Planning and Review Day. TBL measures financial, ecological and social performance. Staff worked with Cultivating Community, which is responsible for the management of approximately 20 community gardens on public ... [more]

Innovative Recycling Centre Has Multiple Benefits
May 12, 2009
Wodonga Council’s (Victoria, Australia) Sort and Save Recycling Centre has environmental, social, economic and educational benefits. It reduces waste, provides jobs for the un-employed, has unique second-hand finds at affordable prices and educates the community about efficient waste management.  [more]

South Asia

ICLEI South Asia and WWF Present Water Findings
May 13, 2009
ICLEI South Asia and a stakeholder advisory committee set up by officials in Kanpur-Nagar (India) have come together to monitor and present findings on WWF India’s Living Ganga programme. The programme, in partnership with HSBC, aims to protect the world’s four major rivers (including the Ganges), ... [more]

ICLEI South Asia Forms Two New Sustainability Partnerships
May 12, 2009
ICLEI South Asia has formed two new partnerships after signing MOUs with the Centre for Good Governance (Hyderabad) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). [more]

ICLEI South Asia Holds International Workshops
May 12, 2009
ICLEI South Asia held a one and half day International Workshop in Coimbatore on 13-14 March 2009. [more]

15 New Solar Cities Proposed in India
May 12, 2009
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, has recommended that ICLEI South Asia prepare the Master Plan for the new Solar Cities programme. The objective of the programme is to support urban local bodies to prepare a Road Map to guide their cities in becoming renewable en... [more]