Oceania eNews 
June 2014   

Dear Colleagues,  

Last month I attended the Pacific Local Government Forum (PLGF) held in Port Moresby. The Forum was opened by Peter O’Neil, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea together with Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu. The PGLF is a chapter of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and provides a voice and a networking opportunity for local governments and their national associations. The Forum brings together Mayors, councilors and administrators plus partners and stakeholders including national government representatives to deliberate on current issues affecting local governments and builds broader advocacy and knowledge exchange.

My attendance at the Forum was an opportunity to meet with the representatives from the local governments across the Pacific and their national associations and to determine how ICLEI Oceania might play a part in meeting the needs and interests of their communities in responding to the impact and causes of climate change and build sustainable cities, towns, villages and islands. In the words of the Prime Minister, Tuvalu, “Save the islands; save the world”. A powerful and challenging message indeed!

The Forum revealed the commitment of local governments in the Pacific to sustainable communities. It also was a reminder that ICLEI membership provides support to their work.

Martin Brennan
Regional Director - ICLEI Oceania

June News

Last Chance to Register - Breakfast with the Minister @ ALGA National General Assembly

Tuesday 17 June
7.15 am – 8.30 am
National Convention Centre, Canberra 
Federal Minister for the Environment, The Hon. Greg Hunt

Mayor Dr Felicity-ann Lewis, President ALGA

Mayor Troy Pickard, Vice President, ALGA & ICLEI Global Biodiversity Portfolio Holder

Professor Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra
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Sydney City joins Cities Climate Registry


The carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) is the leading global reporting platform of local climate action. It enables cities and Local Governments to demonstrate their power and potential to reduce climate risks and move towards global low-emissions and climate resilient development through the reporting of energy and climate commitments, greenhouse gas emissions as well as mitigation and adaptation actions. Is your City committed to reducing carbon emissions and wants to take a global stand?
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NZ Councils join forces in disaster planning

Devastation caused by Canterbury's earthquakes has prompted Wellington's councils to join forces to protect the region from natural disasters. Greater Wellington Regional Council is leading an initiative that will see a natural hazard management strategy developed for the region.

Once complete, the strategy will ensure all councils are basing their planning decisions on the same information about issues such as coastal flooding, erosion, tsunami, liquefaction, seismic shaking, fault lines, landslides, drought, wildfire and climate change.

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ICLEI Carbonn Center Newsletter Now Available

Meet the new carbonn Center Director, get a peek at the latest statistics on the carbonn Cities Climate Registry, and find out what our cities, networks and partners are doing to advance the work on promoting low-carbon development.

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Dunedin Central City Plan

Dunedin’s central city provides a focal point for residents and visitors. To make sure it remains the heart of the city. The Dunedin City Council wants to work with the community to decide what should be done over the next decade to protect and improve the central city as a place where people work, live, shop and socialise.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres via video

In this video, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary highlights examples of how momentum is building around climate action leading up to a new climate agreement in Paris 2015 and underlines why it is in everyone's interest to engage early. The video was shown at the plenary session at the Australian Emissions Reduction Summit.

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Green Plan

The City of Copenhagen has adopted a Green Climate Adaptation (GCA) Plan with a focus on the development of blue and green infrastructure. The Plan provides for green corridors to enhance urban mobility options for walking and cycling, improve biodiversity through the spread of flora and fauna and respond to the high demand for recreational areas in the city.
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Planning for a cooler future: green infrastructure to reduce urban heat

This guide synthesises research from the Victorian Centre for Climate
Change Adaptation (VCCCAR) funded project Responding to the urban heat island: Optimising the implementation of green infrastructure. Detailed literature reviews of the international scientific and technical literature as well as novel research undertaken during the project underpin this implementation guide.

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World Bank Groups support Carbon Price

In the run-up to the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Bank Group, together with other partners, is calling for countries and companies to get behind this effort and support a proposed statement  will demonstrate the global support and action toward pricing carbon that is necessary to tackle climate change.
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Climate Adaptation Manual

A new resource to assist Australian councils with climate risk assessment and planning was launched on 14 May in the New South Wales City of Canada Bay by Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas. The resource Climate Adaptation Manual for Local Government: Embedding Resilience to Climate Change was developed by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and partner councils from all Australian states.

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Chief Scientist calls it for science!

In a speech to the Australian Emissions Reduction Summit Gala Dinner, held by the Carbon Market Institute last month, Australia's Chief Scientist Ian Cubb pulled no punches on the arguments against action to mitigate climate change.

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Hotspot Mapping for Sukabumi

On 20 May, ICLEI conducted a further workshop in Sukabumi to validate and analyze their climate change “hotspots” mapping.  Maps had been prepared showing the sub-districts (kecamatan) most vulnerable to food shortages, water scarcity and poor waste management.  At the meeting community leaders discussed the maps and provided local examples of their climate issues and existing initiatives to combat these.  This input will form an important part of the Sukabumi Climate Resilience Strategy.


ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn provides a range of programs for towns and cities to participate that add value to their sustainability and climate action policies and practices.

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The Oceania Secretariat provides advocacy, networking, information sharing and targeted projects that enhance the work of Members and informs the broader Local Government sector.

Host City, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

Join the ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn Group

LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations and allows members to strengthen and extend their existing network of trusted contacts.

It's a great way to share stories and invite discussion on sustainability practices and approaches that are working in your Council is via the ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn group.

Join the ICLEI LinkedIn group

ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Chair - Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Mayor Paul Pisasale, City of Ipswich, Queensland
Paddi Creevey, Former Mayor, City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Wayne Walker, Councillor, City of Auckland, New Zealand
Troy Pickard, Mayor, City of Joondalup, Western Australia - Global Executive Committee Member (Biodiversity Portfolio)
Member - Global Biodiversity Portfolio & Cr Cathy Oke, Global Water and Sanitation Portfolio

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
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