The next edition of the World Resources Forum will take place in Antwerp (Belgium) from Sunday 24 February to Wednesday 27 February 2019. The host for this edition of the World Resources Forum is the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), the principal authority in the Flanders Region of Belgium for sustainable management of waste, materials and soils.

The WRF 2019 will be developed in close cooperation with partners such as the City of Antwerp, local authorities, environmental companies, sector federations, civil society and universities and knowledge institutions from the Flanders region. The WRF selected the OVAM as host of the 2019 edition on the basis of the rich expertise that Flanders can present in the field of sustainable materials management and the transition toward the circular economy.

The general theme for the Forum is ‘Closing Loops - Transitions at Work’. With this theme, WRF 2019 wants to focus on practice. The vision and knowledge to close cycles and to evolve towards a circular economy is often already available. Now it's time to put that theory and knowledge into practice!

More news about the program and the registrations will soon be available on this website.

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Design your own deep-dive workshop at the World Resources Forum 2019

WRF 2019 will host a series of ‘deep-dive’ workshops as part of the conference program and invites interested organisations to design and submit a workshop proposal now. Under the Title 'Closing Loops - Transitions at work', WRF 2019 wants to show systemic drivers, as well as concrete solutions to make the transition to circular economy work in practice. Read more >

Here you can find inspiration on the 6 conference themes: 



On the venue

WRF 2019 will be organized from Sunday 24 to Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center (FMCCA) in Antwerp. A historic building with breathtaking facades that is located in the heart of Antwerp Zoo.


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Sponsorship & Exhibition packages

The World Resources Forum offers amazing sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations. By sponsoring the WRF 2019 you will:

  • Get strategic access to a target audience in emerging markets;
  • Position your organisation as a an innovator in the field of natural resources management;
  • Get the opportunity to meet and reach out to a great number of leading decision-makers working on sustainability and resources issues;
  • Learn from other leaders and share your expertise on governance and best business practices;
  • Greatly enhance your presence in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and other continents through the WRF network

The exhibition area will form an integral part of the conference and will be located at a prime location next to conference rooms. Download sponsorship brochure >