BiodiverCities Conference 2013
2013 International BiodiverCities Conference
City of Joondalup Raises Global Environmental Awareness Through International BiodiverCities Conference
Professor Tim Flannery says human beings may be the brain of the planet, but they must co-operate with all forms of life in the eco system if nature is allowed to thrive.
The 2007 Australian of the Year delivered a passionate speech to open the 2013 International BiodiverCities Conference at Joondalup Resort – one of many regional and international environmental experts to address biodiversity conservation in a changing climate.
The Conference was hosted by the City of Joondalup in partnership with the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and attracted attendees from across Australia and overseas.
Professor Flannery, who made it clear during his speech that he had a zero tolerance policy to the extinction of any species, also joined fellow keynote speakers Andre Mader and Dr Michael Dunlop on stage for a question and answer session.
Overseas speakers and delegates came from countries including Taiwan, India, Sweden, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, Africa and New Zealand for the event with a host of interstate and local speakers also addressing the Conference and taking part in panel discussions.
Topics discussed included:
- How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth
- Valuing Urban Ecosystems in a Changing Climate
- Using Biodiversity to Build a Climate Smart City
- Restoring Biodiversity through Corporate and Community Partnerships and
- Redesigning our Cities as Ecosystem Service Centres in a Challenging Climate.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said each of the keynote speakers delivered first-class presentations.
“Professor Flannery’s engaging and relevant speech was the perfect start to the Conference and each of the speakers thereafter provided thought provoking and informative presentations that reinforced the need for local action when it comes to biodiversity conservation,” he said.
Delegates were taken on a guided night stalk tour and bushtucker tour of Neil Hawkins Park and visited diversity-rich locations throughout the City including the Hepburn Heights Conservation Area.
“Our stunning natural bushland left a lasting impression on our guests, particularly those from overseas. We truly are blessed to call this beautiful part of the world home and it is little wonder Joondalup is recognised internationally for its liveability because of these outstanding natural assets on our doorsteps,” Mayor Pickard said.
“Hosting such a successful international conference demonstrates Joondalup’s commitment to environmental management and symbolises the City’s growing reputation as a global leader in local government.”
The carbon footprint of the 2013 International BiodiverCities Conference was calculated by Carbon Neutral and emissions related to the Conference, including travel, energy, food, waste and paper will be offset with the planting of biodiverse native trees that will help rehabilitate rural Australia, lock in carbon and provide habitat for animals, plants and birds.
Representatives of several of the City’s Friends groups attended the Conference.
The 2013 International BiodiverCities Conference was made possible through Principal Sponsor Landcorp, Major Sponsors Edith Cowan University, Natural Area Consulting and Eco Logical Australia and Support Sponsors Carbon Neutral and Tamala Park Regional Council.
View the Official Conference Program, Conference Presentations and image highlights.
For further information please contact the City on 61 8 9400 4397 or via email.