Manchester ecological congress win to bring £3.9m economic boost

Manchester is set to benefit from a £3.9m boost to the local economy after the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) picked the city as the destination for its next global conference.

Steven Bosak, the Society of Ecological Restoration's executive director, with Vincent Walsh, director of the Biospheric Foundation
Steven Bosak, the Society of Ecological Restoration's executive director, with Vincent Walsh, director of the Biospheric Foundation

The SER has announced it will host the sixth World Congress on Ecological Restoration in Manchester between 23 and 27 August 2015, after being impressed with its sustainability credentials. The five-day meeting will bring and estimated 1,500 delegates to the city.

Manchester Central, which is opening a new on-site recycling centre later this and will provide clients with full sustainability reports on their events from January, is hosting the main assembly. Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), which recently ranked as the UK’s 'greenest' university, will be used for pre-conference meetings.

The fifth World Congress in Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States, closed last week with a presentation from Manchester conference ambassador Dr David Haley, from MMU.

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

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 sixth 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."

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