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MEL­BOURNE is host­ing the Ecoc­ity World Sum­mit 2017 over the next few days, head­lined by for­mer US Vice Pres­i­dent and cur­rent chair of the Cli­mate Re­al­ity Project, Al Gore.

Over 800 of the world’s top ur­ban plan­ners, en­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ists and ar­chi­tects from over 30 coun­tries will at­tend the con­fer­ence.

Be­ing held at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (MCEC), the sum­mit will dis­cuss and de­bate ur­ban ecol­ogy and sus­tain­able city ini­tia­tives and ideas.

MCEC chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter King said the cen­tre was an ideal venue for the sum­mit.

“We have been a global leader within our in­dus­try for many years, thanks to the ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius be­hind our 6-Star Green Star rat­ing and cur­rent sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices,” King said.

Sum­mit organisers part­nered with Mel­bourne Wa­ter to plant 600 plants in nearby park­land in Feb, while a fur­ther 400 trees will be planted af­ter the event.

The Ecoc­ity World Sum­mit was se­cured by The Mel­bourne Sus­tain­able So­ci­ety In­sti­tute, along with other Melb groups.

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