International Sustainability Conference Noosa

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27 October 2010


Noosa Biosphere is hosting its inaugural conference titled Communities for Sustainable Futures:

A Dialogue, to be held on 24 – 26 July 2011. 

The conference will bring together over 250 policy-makers and socially and environmentally

responsible businesses to discuss sustainability issues such as policy formulation, infrastructure

planning, energy and utilities, tourism and biodiversity.

With invitations already sent to high profile international speakers such as Madame Irina

Bokovna, Director-General UNESCO, Sir Richard Branson and Professor Tim Jackson, the Chair

of Noosa Biosphere Ltd Mr Michael Donovan said the conference is designed to demystify the

process of sustainability.

“We are interested in being exposed to the big ideas that we can use to bolster our own

community as well as assist other communities both nationally and abroad,” said Mr Donovan

The Noosa Biosphere was designated a Man in the Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2007 and

has strongly focused on becoming a ‘learning living laboratory’ through the sharing of information.

“Conferences such as these will strengthen Noosa’s reputation and capacity as a hub for high-

level thinking about a range of issues such as social equality, sustainable development,

biodiversity, corporate governance and social responsibility.

“Just this week Noosa hosted a major international travel and tourism conference called Eco-

Global and next year Noosa is the host for the annual Healthy Cities conference - Making Cities

Liveable,” said Mr Donovan. 

“These events also make the biosphere an economic driver for local business and increase the

brand reputation of Noosa, benefiting the community through financial injection and job security.”

The Noosa Biosphere’s Communities for Sustainable Futures conference program is still being

compiled with an invitation open to experts to submit abstracts by early next year for

consideration.  The sponsorship prospectus has been launched and includes over twenty different

types of sponsorship packages.

“Included in the sponsorship packages are opportunities to present case-studies on the ‘how’ and

the ‘why’ different approaches to sustainable communities work,” continued Mr Donovan.

“The Noosa Biosphere recognises that we can't and don't know everything – that we need to

bring in other opinions, different approaches to diverse thinking styles, to enhance our own.

“This conference is part of making Noosa the natural place for conversations around



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