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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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Programme for the conference Wealth of local communities 8/11/2018 now online!

Join the conference Wealth of local communities to learn and discuss what municipalities can do to create wealth and keep the money within the local economy. The conference will be held on 8 November 2018 in Poligon in Ljubljana.

Many places struggle with local service providers and food producers closing their businesses followed by unemployment and numerous social and environmental consequences. Globalization is not necessarily beneficial for the local economy, so we often hear about places that have opted for development that builds on local potentials. Public procurement with local providers as well as the development of local services, jobs, and local currencies are approaches that can strongly contribute to the creation of wealth in a local environment. The key is to keep money as close to home as possible.

Key note speakers will be Neil McInroy from CLES (The Centre for Local Economic Strategies, UK), who will present their experience with encouraging local wealth building in Preston and other UK cities as well as their work throughout Europe in URBACT Procure network, and Annet van Otterloo from Afrikaanderwijk Cooperatie (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) will talk about strengthening the resilience of Rotterdam South with investing in active inhabitants and local businesses in Afrikaanderwijk.

Apart from the interesting examples from all over Europe we will also hear about good practices from Slovenia and discuss how municipalities can promote local wealth building using the resources at their disposal.

Join representatives from national institutions, regional, and local administrations, experts, NGOs, practitioners, and researchers from academic and research institutions at the conference. Attendance is free of charge, but capacities are limited, so register as soon as possible.

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More about the conference: http://ipop.si/wealth-of-local-communities/

The conference is organised by Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Republic of Slovenia, IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies and Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia.

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