Queensland joins The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance

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9 December 2015

PARIS: It was announced at the States & Regions General Assembly during the UNFCCC’s climate negotiations in Paris, that the government of Queensland in Australia has joined The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, a global network of 35 state and regional governments sharing solutions to climate change.

The Queensland Government has already made a number of carbon-cutting commitments and established many programs such as the Queensland Climate Change Adaption Strategy (Q-CAS), in order to reduce the effect climate change has on its environment and economy.

Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group, says: “We are delighted that the Queensland Government is back in the States & Regions Alliance. It is inspiring to see renewed focus at the state level across Australia to tackling climate change and protecting local communities.

"As national governments are working on finalizing a global climate deal here in Paris, it is the states, regions and provinces who are key to its implementation. Growing momentum of action at this level is essential to providing the confidence that an ambitious agreement will be effectively implemented.”

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Dr. Steven Miles said: “I am proud and honored that Queensland recently re-joined The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, joining 34 state and regional governments from around the world working together on global climate action.”

Minister Miles told the Assembly in Paris that it is essential to ensure those already in the Alliance as well as other state and regional government partners, work together and continue to remain committed to meeting global emissions reduction targets by 2020.

Queensland is investing US$12 million until 2018 in order to tackle the impacts of climate change, working alongside many partners and coastal councils.

The governments also recently held the world’s largest collaborative workshop to plan how to mitigate climate change and maintain life quality as well as the economy, within the 2? degree goal.


By Gabriella Romano

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