Taipei, April 16 (CNA) The Kaohsiung city government signed a collaboration program with a leading international non-government environmental group Monday to establish a training center on sustainability for the group's East Asian members.
Mayor Chen Chu inked the agreement with Gino van Begin, deputy secretary general of the Local Governments for Sustainability, in the southern city.
The Germany-based council, dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, has some 1,200 members in over 70 countries. Kaohsiung joined the organization in 2006.
In the future, Gino said, the facility will help its East Asian members improve their ability to adapt to climate change and other problems, including biodiversity and water resource management.
Kaohsiung will work hard to be a model city of sustainability in Southeast Asia, as well as an important platform and council partner in Asia, said Chen.
Speaking at an international symposium organized by the city's environmental protection bureau on climate change adaptation and city eco-sustainability, Chen also vowed to continue efforts to make the city a place where both environmental protection and economics can benefit.
The bureau said the training center could begin operating in June at the earliest.
Taipei, New Taipei, Tainan and Pingtung are also members of the council.
(By Wang Shu-fen, Chen Ja-fo and Kendra Lin)