City of Joondalup. Global leader in environment management

THE City of Joondalup has been recognised as a global leader in environment management.

The leading international association of local government organisations committed to sustainable development – ICLEI – has endorsed the City’s climate change strategy ahead of next week’s COP21 summit in Paris.

The strategy will be showcased at the climate change summit that brings together world leaders to address issues associated with global warming, which runs from November 30 to December 11.

ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) secretary General Gino Van Begin said COP21 was an important opportunity for local governments to demonstrate and communicate their development goals.

“Uniting a large coalition of local and sub-national leaders means the urgent needs of cities, regions and their citizens have a greater chance to be heard at the global scale,” he said.

He said “with a spotlight shining” on the City of Joondalup’s strategy, it proved the City was “a global leader in environment management, working closely with its local community to protect and enhance its natural areas”.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard will attend COP21 – his trip will cost $15,000 – and said it was an honour for the City’s strategy to be showcased to an audience of world leaders. He said the strategy set the direction for corporate and community climate change management activities over the next five years.

“I hope the model of this project can be applied across the world to enable the facilitation of climate action,” he said.

“Climate change affects a number of areas that local government is responsible for managing, including infrastructure, health services, water management, emergency management and the natural environment.”