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 ICLEI in Europe News

   June 2008

Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI, We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!
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In this issue:

  1. ICLEI member news
  2. Green Capital Award launched
  3. Cities of the World call for a Global Partnership on biodiversity
  4. ICLEI presents Biodiversity case series at UN Convention
  5. UCLG, ICLEI and partners launch local action for Disaster Risk Reduction
  6. New Sustainable Procurement training & consultancy services
  7. CIPRA awards 100,000 Euro for climate protection in the Alps
  8. Host the Procura+ Seminar 2008!
  9. First European Solar Days, 16 - 17 May 2008
  10. New events
  11. Events reminders

1. ICLEI member news

Greater London Authority joins ICLEI's Procura+ Campaign

Procura+ CampaignThe Greater London Authority (GLA) Group has recently joined the Procura+ Campaign, an initiative designed to help support public authorities across Europe in implementing Sustainable Procurement - and help promote their achievements.

In June 2006, the GLA Group adopted a new Sustainable Procurement Policy, which made a clear statement of the group's commitment to adopting responsible procurement practices. It was also agreed and implemented across the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London Development Agency, London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority / Service, collectively known as the GLA Group. The GLA group - which invests over £3 billion each year in goods, works and services - uses its procurement to London's best advantage.

For more information on the GLA Group, visit
For more information on the Procura+ Campaign, visit

Australian Councillor visits ICLEI European Secretariat

On Monday 28 April, Councillor Tim Rodgers, former mayor of ICLEI member Mornington Peninsula Shire (Australia), visited the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg to learn about climate adaptation in Europe.

A passionate advocate for the environment, Councillor Rodgers attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, and was awarded the 2007 Macarthur Management Services Fellowship to learn more about climate change adaptation measures around the world.  His visit in Freiburg was a stopover in his European tour of best practice cities working in favour of climate adaptation.

For more information about Mornington Peninsula Shire
and the city's actions in favour of environment, visit

YOUTH project: young people get involved in urban transport

The "Youngsters Overhaul today's Urban Transport Habits" (YOUTH project) is a platform for young people in the age of 10 - 18 to participate in the current debate of urban transport habits, the ongoing energy crisis and environmental problems all over Europe.

With this project, young people have their say about renewable and energy efficiency in transport. In ICLEI member cities Berlin (Germany) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) as well as in Bucharest (Romania) and Gdynia (Poland), they participate with ideas and recommendations to local transport policies and urban development.

YOUTH aims to change attitudes and habits of young people and to involve them as promoters and campaigners for renewable energy and energy efficiency in their neighbourhoods. Politicians and administrations are also expected to realise their recommendations in a process of urban transport planning, as far as possible.

For more information, visit

2. Green Capital Award launched

European Green Capital logoICLEI is part of an exciting new initiative just launched by the European Commission.

A new annual European Green Capital Award, to be given each year to a city that is leading the way with environmentally friendly urban living, was launched on 22nd May and the online application process is now open for 2010 and 2011.

The award will be given to a city that has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, is permanently committed to ambitious action, further environmental improvement and sustainable development - and can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices in all other European cities. Entries will be assessed on the basis of ten environmental criteria including climate change, transport, air, waste and water.

Any European city with a population of more than 200,000 can apply, and a jury, which includes ICLEI, will select the winning cities for 2010 and 2011 later on this year.

Currently, more than 40 major European cities, including 21 EU capitals, are part of this initiative, which is driven by 15 European Cities and the Association of Estonian Cities.

Seize this opportunity to promote the good work you have done in developing green urban living in your city!

For more information, visit

3. Cities of the World call for a Global Partnership on biodiversity

Bonn Mayor Bärble Dieckmann at UN convention on BiodiversityOn 29 May, the local government representatives of over 100 million city dwellers from all over the world submitted the "Bonn Call for Action" at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Bonn from 19 to 30 May.

Mayor Bärbel Dieckmann of Bonn delivered the statement, which had been formulated during the Mayors Conference from 26 to 28 May, with her colleagues from Curitiba, Montreal and Nagoya.

"We, the cities, want to take action!" declared Ms. Dieckmann. "We want to make the step from commitment and concepts to concrete action and for that we require a global partnership".

150 local government representatives from over 30 different countries accepted Ms. Dieckmann's invitation to come to Bonn and discuss how the opportunities of the communities to take action and make decisions could be even better used for species and climate protection.

The Mayors Conference in Bonn was organised together with ICLEI and the InWEnt Service Agency Communities in One World, and is supported and funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

For more information, visit .

4. ICLEI presents Biodiversity case series at UN Convention

The "Local Action for Biodiversity Cities & Biodiversity Case Series" was compiled on the occasion of the Mayors Conference "Local Action for Biodiversity" (26-28 May 2008), held in parallel to the 9th Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany.

Each of the cities featured in this series has demonstrated outstanding activities at the local level, as well as strong commitment to biodiversity in the international arena. Many of them are also participating in ICLEI's pilot project "Local Action for Biodiversity", while several have signed the Countdown 2010 Declaration and some also host other Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) activities.
Initiated and co-funded by UNEP's Urban Environmental Unit, the text for these case studies was compiled and edited by ICLEI with support from Countdown 2010, the CBD Secretariat and the cities themselves.

For more information, visit

5. UCLG, ICLEI and partners launch local action for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Partnership for Urban Risk Reduction (PURR), an ad-hoc coalition composed of ICLEI, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, Metropolis and CITYNET, has been set up to develop a risk reduction policy for urban areas.

Among its first action, the PURR is launching a project "Local Action for Disaster Risk Reduction" that raises awareness, builds competency and supports local action for Disaster Risk Reduction.

More than 230 million people suffer from natural disasters every year. Natural catastrophes generate increasing costs, particularly in developing countries, and their consequences are aggravated by global warming, population density in hazardous areas, the rise of poverty or the destruction of the environment.

"Local Action for Disaster Risk Reduction" is aimed at engaging cities and local communities to start the long-term process towards reducing the level of risk posed by natural hazards.

For more information, visit

6. New Sustainable Procurement training & consultancy services

Sustainable Procurement servicesProtect the environment, be socially responsible and save time and money - that is the message behind ICLEI's new tailor-made training and consultancy services, designed to assist public authorities to save money by significantly reducing utility bills and operating costs, meet the environmental objectives, achieve social goals, increase legitimacy and contribute to tackling climate change.

Examples of training and consultancy services available include awareness-raising sessions, commencing and implementing sustainable procurement, legal aspects or incorporating green and social aspects into tenders.

The services are for public authorities of any size or level of experience - and can be undertaken in English, German, Spanish, Catalan and Italian. ICLEI members and participants of the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign receive a 25% discount on all the training and consultancy services.

For more information, click here [PDF  758 KB] or contact Mark Hidson at

7. CIPRA awards 100,000 Euro for climate protection in the Alps

Does the project, initiative or activity you've organised in an Alpine country make a contribution to climate protection or to adapting to the consequences of climate change? If so, taking part in the cc.alps competition could enable you to win up to 20,000 Euro.

CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, is awarding prizes worth a total of 100,000 Euro for exemplary response measures, which contribute to climate protection or to adapting to the consequences of climate change, and seek to harmonise ecological, social and economic interests.

Private individuals, businesses, associations, local authorities and all other organisations are eligible to take part. Projects should be submitted before 31 July 2008.

For more information, visit or click here [PDF 384 KB].

8. Host the Procura+ Seminar 2008!

ICLEI is currently looking for an organisation (city, regional government or other) to host a Procura+ Seminar on "Smarter engagement with the market in the pre-procurement phase". The Seminar will bring together experts in the field of sustainable procurement to exchange on opportunities for early market engagement between public authority procurers and suppliers in the pre-procurement phase.

The main goal will be to identify highly energy efficient emerging technologies in the latest stages of development, that can be tendered for, in order to bring them onto the market. Example technologies may include heating/cooling through renewable energy resources, electric vehicles with green energy sources, LED/fibre optic lighting and panels among others.

The host is required to provide the organisers with both an appropriate venue for the Seminar and catering for participants.

For more information, click here [PDF 128 kb] or contact Marta Anglada at .

9. First European Solar Days, 16 - 17 May 2008

Solar Days logoThe First European Solar Days were celebrated on 16-17 May, with more than 4,000 different events organised in over 12 European countries. Other countries are expected to join the initiative in 2009 which is planned to be extended throughout Europe in the future.

Successfully launched in the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 28th January, the European Solar Days aim to raise awareness and promote the use of the sun as an energy source among both decision-makers and the general public throughout Europe.

The Solar Days, which brought together major players from the solar thermal and solar electric sectors throughout Europe, were coordinated by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation in close co-operation with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, and supported by 25 organisations at a national and European level.

For more information, visit

10. New events

International Black Sea Energy Policy Conference,
8 - 9 October 2008, Athens (Greece)

The International Black Sea Energy Policy Conference "Energy Investments and Trade Opportunities" of the PROMITHEAS Network will take place on October 8 - 9, 2008 in Athens, Greece, under the auspices of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

The Scientific Sessions of the event are oriented towards energy, environment and climate change.  All scientists and engineers from the academic, scientific, engineering and industrial sectors are invited to participate in the Conference and to contribute both in the promotion and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

Participants are particularly welcome to submit work relevant to the following topics: Conventional fuels, electricity, environment, climate change, energy efficiency and conservation. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 2 June, 2008.

For more information, click here [PDF 576 KB] or contact

7th Ecoprocura Conference,
25 - 27 March 2009, Reykjavik (Iceland)

7th Ecoprocura conference, Reykjavik, Iceland ICLEI and Reykjavik City Council are pleased to announce the EcoProcura 2009 conference: Climate Neutral through Procurement. This 7th conference in the series aims to exchange ideas, experiences, concepts and opinions on how sustainable procurement can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change.

The conference will especially present the key challenges caused by climate change and how sustainable procurement can support mitigation and adaptation strategies without compromising on social and economic aspects. It will also provide a dynamic environment within which cities and the private sector can explore the needs and types of sustainable products and services required by public authorities and the solutions offered by businesses.

Registration will open in July 2008.

For more information, visit or contact

11. Event reminders

ICLEI European Membership Convention
22 - 25 June 2008, Zaragoza (Spain)

World Water Week
17 - 23 August 2008, Stockholm (Sweden)

EU-Asia Waste Management Conference
29 - 30 October 2008, Perak (Malaysia)

8th International Congress for Planning and Environment
23-26 March 2009, Kaiserslautern (Germany)

ICLEI World Congress
14 - 18 June 2009, Edmonton (Canada)

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The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editors: Stefan Kuhn (responsible), Ciara Leonard, Lydie Gerboin.

Comments and questions are welcome - please write to Lydie Gerboin at, Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany,Tel: +49-761/36 89 2-0,

ICLEI is a membership organisation of local governments and their associations. To date more than 800 municipalities and municipal associations of all sizes from around the world have made a unique commitment to sustainable development by joining ICLEI. They support the work of ICLEI through their membership fees as well as through their experience and creativity in the development and implementation of projects and campaigns to address the globe's biggest problems. Within the organisation they are part of a network of peers that can profit from each other's knowledge. For membership information please have a look at our website or contact:

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