Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Andrew Cuomo Forest is the latest part of the Onkaparinga River National Park to be named in honour of a winner of the South Australian International Climate Change Leadership Award.

The forest, named for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, neighbours Arnold Schwarzenegger Forest, Geraldo Alckmin Forest, Jean Charest Forest and Alex Salmond Forest, all named for previous winners of the award.

The South Australian Government created the awards in 2009 to recognise government leaders on a state, regional or provincial level who have contributed greatly to the fight against climate change.

“Since taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo has taken a leading role in climate change reform.  Under his leadership, New York State's energy policy has shifted significantly in an attempt to protect the environment, cut utility bills and support new opportunities for economic growth,” said Ian Hunter, the minister for sustainability in South Australia.

In addition to having part of the forest named after them, winners received a framed award certificate.

The United Nations estimates that local and subnational governments are responsible for implementing between 50% to 80% of a country's climate change mitigation and adaptation actions and help drive action at the national level.


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