|Quezon City Featured in World Environment Congress|
As it strengthens its partnerships with the International community, the Quezon City Government joined officials from all over the world in attending the 2012 World Congress last June 14-17 and the Rio +20 last June 20-22, 2012.
Closely linked to the Rio+20 Conference, the 2012 World Congress in Belo Horizonte, organized by International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Local Governments for Sustainability, highlighted speakers and city cases about cutting-edge and integrated solutions to the challenges local government's face.
The Hon. Mayor Herbert Bautista and the City's DRRM Officer Dr. Elmo San Diego, PhD. discussed the Benefits of Carbon Finance Projects to the City and Quezon City's Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction, respectively.
Highlighting the successful rehabilitation of the Payatas Dumpsite to a Controlled Disposal Facility to a Sanitary Landfill, Mayor Bautista, was able to present not only the City Government's commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development, but as well as the importance of a strong partnership with public and private entities in the application of solutions to operational and environmental problem. The presentation on the City's Biogas Emission Reduction Project effectively showcased a Public-Private Partnership from which the City Government has benefited economically, socially and environmentally, while contributing, even in a small way, to the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the arrest of Climate Change.
The City's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program discussed by Gen. San Diego featured Quezon City's best practices on DRRM, particularly the effective risk assessment program that involves practical measurements in identifying the most disaster prone areas in the City. He will also be able to showcase to the international community the City's effective strategies that were developed with the involvement of community leaders who had first-hand experience on disaster management, such as the "walk the fault" project. (read the article on the event)