BioRegional Mexico successfully collaborated with the City of Queretaro, Mexico, helping them put together the successful submission for the competition “Tu Ciudad se Mueve en Bici” (Your City Moves by Bike), organised by the Centre for Sustainable Transport and sponsored by Deutsche Bank and Shell Foundation.
At COP16 in Cancun, Daniel Viliesdi of BioRegional Mexico joined the Sustainable Development Secretary for the City of Queretaro in an award ceremony where 150 urban-style bikes where gifted to the city in order initiate the public-bike scheme proposed in the submission.
The scheme will start in the historic centre of the city and it is part of the overall strategy to develop and implement a Sustainability Action Plan structured around the One Planet principles.
Discussions with the City of Queretaro are progressing and it is intended that work will start on the One Planet Action Plan in the first quarter of 2011.
COP16/CMP6 is the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).
In parallel to the COP16/CMP6, a number of sustainability and climate change events and conferences will be held in Cancun where we will be talking about the One Planet Communities programme and our partners projects.
We will also be promoting the recent opening of our regional office in Mexico and our aims, aspirations, and progress in working with local partners in Mexico, including social and private housing developers, commercial and industrial developers, local authorities, and other government bodies.
We will be attending the following sessions:
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The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has featured One Planet Communities in their new 30WAYSin30DAYS climate change campaign. The campaign states: “UNEP’s 30 case studies prove that solutions to combat Climate Change are available, accessible and replicable”
As part of the UK Trade & Investment [Construction Sector] Mission to Mexico, Daniel Viliesid, BioRegional Mexico Representative, gave a presentation at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City on 20 September 2010.
Reforma, one of the most circulated national papers in Mexico, interviewed Daniel about the One Planet Communities network and what BioRegional Mexico hopes to achieve in the near future. To read the full article in Spanish, please click the following link:
Mexico City. For the second year, Greg Searle of BioRegional North America will be giving a 2-night seminar and workshop for a Diploma Course in “Design of Sustainable Communities at the Architecture Department of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City October 19-20. He will be joined by Daniel Viliesid of newly-formed BioRegional Mexico.
Greg Searle will join Daniel Vilisied of newly-formed BioRegional Mexico, Stockton Preserve developer David Nelson and Petite Rivière developer Suzanne Deschamps in Washington DC on October 15 for a panel dedicated to lessons learned from One Planet Communities at the Urban Land Institute’s annual Fall Meeting – a leading national conference on the built environment. The panel will help generate an article in the Urban Land magazine. Read more: http://www.ulifall.org/
Oct 4-5 2010, Mexico City: BioRegional to speak at B4E conference in build up to COP16 climate negotiations
B4E, Business for the Environment, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment.
Hosted in partnership by UNEP, the UN Global Compact, WWF, the host government of the summit and Global Initiatives, the Summit focuses on multi-stakeholder partnership solutions needed to address the mounting climate and inter-related environmental issues, and turning crises into opportunities. CEOs and senior executives from leading global companies will join leaders from government, international agencies, NGOs and other organisations in plenary and working group discussions to share and develop best practices, industry standards as well as, sustainable growth strategies.
The annual B4E Global Summit takes place April of every year in a selected host city with the last Summit held in Seoul, South Korea and previous summits convened in Paris, France and Singapore. The annual Summit host country for 2011 will be announced soon. A special B4E Climate Summit will be convene in Mexico City in October 2010 that will produce a policy message from global business leaders for climate action ahead of the COP 16 in Cancun.
Pooran Desai, Co-Founder of BioRegional and Director of One Planet Communities will be sharing a platform with Al Gore at the plenary session “Transformative low-carbon solutions: Tackling climate change, creating value” and Daniel Viliesid, BioRegional Mexico Representative, will act as Discussion Leader at the “Building, Construction and Materials” working group session. Other speakers at the conference include Hon. Al Gore, Former Vice President of the USA and Nobel Prize Winner.
The event is taking place at Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Mexico City on the 4th and 5th of October 2010.
Registration and details on the event are available on www.b4esummit.com.