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Perth wins environmental education conference

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Perth wins environmental education conference
Perth will host the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in 2026.

The congress is returning to Australia for the first time in 15 years. Running since 2003, the event was last held in Australia when Brisbane hosted it in 2011.

The successful bid was led by the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE) and supported by Business Events Perth alongside Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, which provides financial incentives to organisers to bring international events to Australia.

“The work we are doing in Western Australia on environmental conservation and education on sustainability puts us as a leading destination,” said the AAEE vice presidents and co-chairs of the organising committee for the 2026 congress, Jennifer Pearson and Jason Pitman.

“WEEC 2026 will allow us to make stronger connections between Australasian neighbours, countries in the Oceania region and further afield by sharing community responses to the climate crisis and sharing cultural understandings about living sustainably.”

The event is expected to draw hundreds of environmental experts to Perth.

“This congress will not only showcase our state as a hub for innovation and knowledge but also stimulate conversations and collaborations that will have a lasting impact on key environmental initiatives,” said Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin.

“WEEC 2026 reinforces the state’s global standing as a destination for impactful conferences and provides the opportunity to spotlight Western Australia’s commitment to environmental conservation and education to the world.”

The congress is held every two years, swapping from odd to even years after a three-year break during the pandemic.

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