Perth Welcomes the World Environmental Education Congress in 2026

WEEC 2026 will bring the world's leading environmentalists, policy-makers and educators to Australia 15 years after the last congress in Brisbane.
19th Feb, 2024

Valley of the Giants, Tree Top Walk (Western Australia)

Business Events Perth has announced today that city in Western Australia, has been selected as the host destination for the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2026. 

The decision was unveiled following a collaborative bid led by the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), supported by Business Events Perth, showcasing the State's position as a global leader in environmental education. 

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said supporting Perth’s successful bid to host the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2026 via the Business Events Bid Fund Program presented a huge opportunity for Australian tourism.

“Given the importance of business events to our tourism sector, and the increasing focus on sustainability globally, we are so pleased to be supporting this latest event win for Perth, Western Australia, through Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund,” said Phillipa Harrison. Since its inception our Business Events Bid Fund has been helping to support a thriving visitor economy by building a strong pipeline of future international business events across Australia.”

WEEC 2026 is a pivotal gathering that promotes the exchange of ideas and strategies for addressing pressing environmental challenges. 

Vice Presidents and co-chairs, Jennifer Pearson and Jason Pitman, of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) are proud to see Perth, Western Australia chosen as the host destination for WEEC 2026. 
“The work we are doing in Western Australia on environmental conservation and education on sustainability puts us as a leading destination,” they said. 
“We welcome environmental educators locally and from around the world to attend WEEC 2026 to benefit from international discourse and showcasing best practice. 
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. 
As the host destination, Perth, Western Australia will have the opportunity to spotlight its commitment to environmental conservation and education on the global stage. 

Kalbarri Skywalk, Kalbarri National Park 

Western Australia is home to multiple UNESCO world heritage listed sites, showcasing the unique, vast and extraordinary landscapes found within the state. The congress is expected to draw hundreds of high-profile delegates, including leading environmentalists, policymakers, and educators from around the world.

Hon Rita Saffioti, Minister for Tourism of Western Australia, said securing this event was another major achievement for Western Australia: 
“This congress is another fantastic opportunity to showcase Western Australia and all we have to offer to global leaders, environmentalists and educators from all around the world. 
Importantly, these large-scale business events also provide direct benefits to Western Australians, with an increase in visitation set to inject millions of valuable dollars into our local businesses and hospitality providers.”

Gareth Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Perth says securing the World Environmental Education Congress is a testament to Western Australia’s commitment to environmental education and conservation: “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.

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.”

Wylie Bay, near Esperance 

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