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Manchester chosen for global ecological congress

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) has confirmed Manchester as the destination for the 6th World Congress on Ecological Restoration after ‘team Manchester’ impressed decision-makers with the city’s sustainable credentials.

The announcement came as the 5th World Congress closed last week in Madison, Wisconsin, USA with a presentation from Manchester Conference Ambassador, Dr David Haley from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The five day meeting will bring 1,500 delegates to the city in a deal estimated to be worth approximately £3.9m for the local economy.

The congress was secured through a partnership approach between Visit Manchester, Manchester Central, MMU’s conference office, Meeting Makers, and was led by MMU’s Dr David Haley, as well as supporters including The Biospheric Project at the Manchester International Festival, Positive Impact and Creative Concern.

SER plans to use Manchester Central for the main assembly and MMU for pre-conference meetings. Both venues have been praised for their sustainability initiatives which include Manchester Central being one of the first UK venues to achieve ISO20121 international accreditation whilst MMU recently ranked as the UK’s greenest university.

Later this year Manchester Central will open a new on-site recycling centre, and from January 2014 all clients will be able to get full sustainability reports for their events, allowing them to benchmark their carbon footprint.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “Manchester is increasingly being recognised as a sustainable meetings destination and it’s fantastic that as a city we have an extensive network of green venues and organisations to help secure prestigious bids like this.

“The process to win the 6th World Congress on Ecological Restoration began with a sales mission to Washington following IMEX America 2012 and this is a prime example of the power of face to face meetings yielding results. It’s wonderful to be able to make this announcement just one year on as the Visit Manchester conference team attend IMEX America 2013 in Las Vegas this week.”

Dr David Haley, Manchester Conference Ambassador, said: “Personally, I feel very lucky that I found myself at the centre of an amazingly professional and effective team. ’Team Manchester' were ready to go from the moment we submitted our proposal, and despite strong competition from an exotic competitor, our team's success is especially due to the coordination by Visit Manchester.

“The team at Visit Manchester assisted with an in-principle subvention award from Manchester City Council to support delegates from developing countries in attending to ensure true international representation at the conference. 

“The fact that Manchester Metropolitan University has recently been named the UK’s greenest university inspired the bidding team and we are now developing further links with Manchester Central, along with many other Manchester based organisations.  Of course, an organisation like the Society for Ecological Restoration needs to demonstrate that its events are as sustainable as possible and Manchester has the capacity to deliver in that respect.”

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