Edmonton to swap green ideas with global leaders



    City to participate in international study and bids on 2009 conference

    EDMONTON, June 12 /CNW/ - The City of Edmonton has been chosen to
participate in an international study of biodiversity, based on its track
record of environmental leadership and involvement in biodiversity
initiatives.
    Cities like Barcelona, Perth, Seoul and Edmonton will be included in a
three-year pilot project called Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB), aimed at
improving the quality of life in municipalities through the study of
biodiversity.
    The project will look at environmental issues at the local level and how
to manage natural resources to ensure community sustainability, a goal the
City actively pursues through EcoVision Edmonton(R). This international
networking opportunity will allow the City to continue applying environmental
practices that are recognized worldwide.
    "This is a great learning opportunity for Edmonton, a chance to exchange
ideas with cities in other nations who share our same passion for
environmental stewardship," says Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Our participation as a
founding partner marks our continued commitment to environmental
sustainability and preserving the same high quality of life Edmontonians enjoy
today."
    Environmental leaders from around the globe will gather to share their
final reports on Local Action for Biodiversity in 2009 at the International
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) World Congress, an event
the City hopes to host. Edmonton recently bid for the 2009 global convention,
an opportunity for mutual learning, strengthening relationships with other
countries and increased tourism.
    International exposure, potential for funding, assistance in reaching
environmental objectives and knowledge sharing opportunities are all benefits
of Edmonton's involvement in the LAB project.
    An international organization, ICLEI includes local governments and
national and regional local government organizations committed to sustainable
development. ICLEI works to develop programs and campaigns that support
environmental initiatives at the municipal level.

    About Edmonton:

    Vibrant and culturally diverse, Edmonton is an ideal place to live,
learn, work, invest and visit. Home to more than one million people and the
global port to more than $100 billion in northern oil sands development,
Alberta's capital is an economic powerhouse offering the nation's best
combination of business opportunity and quality of life. Edmonton leads the
world in healthcare research and innovation, education, and environmental
stewardship. As Canada's Festival City and the Cultural Capital for 2007,
Edmonton is alive with endless festivals, events, attractions, art and
activities.
    For more information on Edmonton, please visit our website at:
www.edmonton.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Name: Grant Pearsell, Title: Director,
Department: Office of Natural Areas, Phone: (780) 496-6080

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