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Cities and circular economy – From urban practices and policies to new cooperation opportunities for cities

07. 09. 2017

Join us at the conference Cities and circular economy that aims to highlight the potential of cities for the transition to a circular economy. Experts and practitioners from all over Europe will introduce us to the new urban practices contributing to the transition of cities to a circular economy and emphasizing the role of citizens and communities.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the URBACT programme. We will get to know the Slovenian Good practice cities – Kranj and Ljubljana and look into the new URBACT call for transfer networks.

Circular economy is grounded on a notion that the value of products, materials, and resources should be maintained for as long as possible while on the other hand the amount of waste should be reduced to a minimum. Economic, environmental, and social costs of extraction, production, and disposal of resources are taken into consideration. The transition towards a circular economy has an impact on several policy areas and is a trans-sectoral notion that should be promoted from all levels of government.

Contemporary cities are prime actors in transition towards a circular economy. New practices with a significant contribution to diminishment of our ecological footprint are being developed in the cities, which can accelerate the transition using urban policy mechanisms. The fact that more than a half of the world population resides in urban settlements and that the share is on the increase makes cities most important players in the process of this transformation. Nonetheless, cities are logical units for closed circles considering the management of resources.

Transition towards a circular economy cannot be reduced to the question of technological progress as it calls for social innovation just as much (if not even more) as for high-tech solutions. Innovative solutions and new patterns of organisation and sharing, founded on new types of cooperation between urban decision and policy makers, citizens, and other stakeholders are crucial to make cities more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive. And that makes the role of urban governance so important for the transition towards a circular economy.

REGISTER HERE and join representatives from national institutions, regional, and local administrations, experts, NGOs, practitioners, and researchers from academic and research institutions. Attendance is free of charge. Register soon as the seating is limited.

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Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Republic of Slovenia, IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies and Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia are the organisers of the conference.

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Festival of Walking

First Festival of Walking will be held in Savsko naselje in Ljubljana on Friday, 6 May 2016. It is organized by the Institute for Spatial Policies in collaboration with the Cultural Association prostoRož and other partners, with the support of the Municipality of Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

The festival will be opened by five Jane’s Walks, which will be launched simultaneously in different parts of Ljubljana and they will all lead to the venue of the festival in front of Dom skupnosti in Savsko naselje. Walkers will sum up their impressions and formulate proposals to improve the attractiveness of urban space for everyday walking during the workshop that will follow. At the festival various activities will be held to emphasize the importance of the diversity of local services for the walking-friendly neighborhoods.

The festival will be an excellent opportunity for the residents of Ljubljana, to jointly develop proposals to improve walkability of the city of Ljubljana even further.

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