Oceania eNews 
November 2014   


ICLEI Oceania spreads its wings into the Pacific

In May, I attended the Pacific Local Government Forum held in Port Moresby. Since that time, we have been working on a proposal to develop and pilot a Pacific Local Government Climate Change Toolkit.

The project would require the participation of two Pacific Island local governments and the tool would be based on the framework and tool developed under of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN).

In September, local and provincial government delegates from the Pacific Islands visited Melbourne as part of the FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women) program aimed at supporting women in their civil and political leadership across three Pacific Island countries - Fiji, Solomon Islands and Bougainville. The delegation was organised by the LGMA and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum - Pacific Office. It provided an opportunity to have a conversation about our respective work and to highlight the challenges and opportunities presented to women and to discuss the impact of extreme weather related events and climate change on their communities.

We are looking forward in 2015 to developing a partnership with Pacific local governments and supporting their efforts in climate resilience action.

Martin Brennan
Regional Director

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November News

Victorian Election Environmental Expert Panel Review

Tuesday, 18 November 5.30 – 8.00pm
RMIT University, Melbourne

Join a panel of expert environmental scientists, managers and educators to review each party’s environment policies before the 2015 Victorian Election.

Martin Brennan, Regional Director, ICLEI will be the Master of Ceremonies.

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Climate Change and Coastal Flooding

What are the costs of Climate Change and Coastal Flooding? Shedding light on this question is a landmark report exploring coastal flooding: the sleeping giant of climate change risks. To access the report and see the six key findings read more.

Possum Corridor Takes Shape in Busselton, WA

The Federal Department of Environment (DoE) and the State Department of Environment Regulation (DER) recently approved the City’s proposal to create a 1.1km long wildlife corridor. This corridor will connect Western Ringtail Possum communities by providing nodes and connecting corridors of vegetation.

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Climate Change Adaptation Local Government Conference Melbourne December 4, 2014

The Climate Change Adaptation for Local Government and Public Sector Conference will provide leading case studies and expert advice for councils and other public sector authorities on how to ensure their organisations are effectively assessing climate change risks and successfully planning and implementing adaptation strategies.

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The carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is the world's leading reporting platform to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility of climate action of local and subnational governments. It is designated as the central repository of the Compact of Mayors launched at the Climate Summit 2014.

Image: Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul, South Korea and a leader in ICLEI's Mayors network.

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Resilient Cities 2015 Co-Patron

We are privileged to announce Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as a Patron of Resilient Cities 2015.

Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995 and is a frequent adviser to the private sector and lectures at many universities on climate policy. In 2010, she assumed her role as Executive Secretary at the UNFCCC, our endorsing partner for the 2015 Congress.

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Strategies for sustainable solutions: an interdisciplinary and collaborative research agenda

This Call for Papers for a Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production addresses possibilities and drivers for change by focusing on strategies for sustainable solutions with the underlying purpose of defining an interdisciplinary and collaborative research agenda for the next ten years.

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Hydro-Zoning and Eco-Zoning

City of South Perth parks and reserves are being progressively hydro-zoned and eco-zoned to conserve water; while providing high quality facilities for the local and wider community that continue to support amenity, sport, recreation and biodiversity outcomes.

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Global Green Economy Index

As part of its Global Green Economy Index, Dual Citizen LLC ranks cities by perceptions of their ‘greeness’. It asks a variety of targeted stakeholders for their perceptions of their cities in four categories: Leadership & Climate Change, Efficiency Sectors, Markets & Investment, and Environment & Natural Capital. This year the rankings were – Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Vancouver, London, Berlin, New York, Singapore, Helsinki, and Oslo.
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Clive Palmer has got his sleeping ETS, but will it be awakened?

It is somewhat puzzling that the government agreed with the Palmer United Party to have the Climate Change Authority investigate the operation of “emissions trading schemes or equivalent schemes” overseas and whether Australia should enact its own. The government has ruled out an emissions trading scheme or ‘ETS’, so what’s the point? But it’s all part of a longer-term game.

There was an exchange between Senator Nick Xenophon and Waleed Aly on ABC Radio National on Wednesday that reveals that the carbon trading scheme may not be dead but, rather, just sleeping.

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Cities and Nations Must Collaborate to Fight Climate Change

At the beginning of the twentieth century, around 15 percent of the global population lived in cities. Today, more than half do. People have migrated toward urban centers, attracted by the professional and personal opportunities offered there. The number of cities continues to grow, and so do the cities themselves. While this tremendous growth presents its fair share of challenges, it also presents significant opportunities to drive positive change and shape our collective futures. This is especially true of climate change.

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Can an economy develop without coal?

While all fossil fuels are contributing to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coal stands apart as really problematic, not just because of its CO2 emissions today, but because of the vast reserves waiting to be used and the tendency for an emerging economy to lock its energy system into it.

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Dunedin now has an official city relationship with Chinese city Qingdao

In Qingdao last week, Mayor Zhang Xinqi and Mayor of Dunedin in New Zealand, Dave Cull signed the Friendly Co-operative Relations Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two cities.

Mr Cull says, "The Economic Cooperation Agreement signed with Qingdao last year has already borne fruit in increased volumes. This new agreement expands the areas of engagement to include education, tourism, and even health care and will enable broader interaction between our two communities."

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Why uncontrolled climate change may be an ultimate limit to growth

"At the end of my sustainability economics course in 2007, students were challenging me to end 20 years of professional fence-sitting. My whiteboard showed two graphs with contradictory messages about the long-run, environmental sustainability of global industrial development, the big question that’s nagged me ever since teenage exposure to Paul Erlich’s Population-Bomb eco-doomsterism."

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ICLEI signs partnership agreement for more sustainable water management

In an effort to boost the sustainable management of water at local and regional levels, ICLEI has formally partnered with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UN-Habitat/Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), the World Water Council, the Daegu Gyeongbuk Development Institute and the National Committee of the 7th World Water Forum. The partnership was agreed in Marseille on 28 October 2014.

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EU goes large on climate, with a 27% super-RET

While Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane seems to believe the existing Renewable Energy Target needs to be cut because it might deliver 27% renewable energy market share, the European Union’s European Council has unanimously signed off on a target for at least 27% renewable energy by 2030. In addition, this EU target is for 27% share of renewables across its entire energy supply including transport fuels and heat, not just electricity.

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Green space technical knowledge and skills

Increasing green space comes with the challenge of building technical capabilities related to urban greening such as a better understanding of tree canopy coverage, species selection, design and green space maintenance.

City of Melbourne, 202020 Vision partner, along with other collaborators launched their Growing Green Guide earlier this year. The guide includes an in depth look at green roofs and walls and includes how to best design them for maintenance, drainage and irrigation.

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The first casualty of controversy is truth!

The contentious debate over Coal Seam Gas has been fraught with inaccurate and irresponsible statements that either overstate or understate the risks and rewards of this relatively new technology. Sustainable Resources Industry Training (SRIT) will deliver a three-day course that is designed in no small measure to explain exactly what CSG is, where it is found and how it is extracted.

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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.

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ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Cr Roberto Colanzi, City of Yarra, Victoria
Cr Caroline Knight, City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Cr Cathy Oke, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Cr Wayne Walker, City of Auckland, New Zealand
Troy Pickard, Mayor, City of Joondalup, Western Australia - Global Executive Committee Member (Biodiversity Portfolio)

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
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