World Resources Forum 2019 Report

OVAM is very proud to present the rich conclusions of the many debates and discussions of WRF'19 in the form of this WRF'19 report. The report provides an overview of the workshops organised and the main insights and conclusions of the plenary and global sessions. This report is the result of the work of dozens of organisations, sponsors, keynote speakers, ... and more than 750 participants from 60 countries who have all contributed to the success of WRF'19. 



WRF 19 photos online

All photos from the World Resources Forum 2019 "Closing Loops - Transitions at work" are now online on our media page.
Click on ‘overview’ if you want to see them in high resolution.
On the same page you can also relive the conference, the circular fashion show or the Recupel E-loop challenge in one of our aftermovies, or watch the interviews with our keynote speakers.

WRF19 conclusions and presentations online

The conclusions of the World Resource Forum 2019 are summarised in a pdf that you can download from the media page: Our full meeting report will be published in the summer.
In the meantime, the presentations made available by the keynote and workshop speakers can be downloaded from the web pages of the respective sessions and workshops! Web-pages with presentations show an asterisk on the Program page.  More presentations will be made available over the next days and weeks.

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The World Resources Forum 2019 ‘Closing Loops - Transitions at work’ is hosted by the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), the principal authority in the Flanders Region of Belgium for sustainable management of waste, materials and soils. From 24 to 27 February 2019, the World Resources Forum and OVAM, will present inspiring keynotes and global sessions, challenging workshops and fascinating site visits in close collaboration with dozens of partners and stakeholders. All with one common goal: showing how to close the loop and make the transition towards a circular economy work. We hope to welcome you at the World Resources Forum 2019!

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The World Resources Forum 2019 puts its focus on closing resource loops and circular economy in practice, as a lever to achieve the Agenda 2030 commitments. The challenge we face of a low carbon and circular society is well known. With a view to the post-2020 era, WRF2019 takes stock of solutions and practices taking place in many parts of society to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy. Where are the opportunities, what works, what does not, and why?

Thematic ‘Global Sessions’, with inspiring voices from leading experts will set the scene on key topics. Interactive workshops will allow to dive deeper into selected topics. Networking events and site visits are an integral part of the program. 

Circular cities and regions thema 1
The global metal flow in a circular economy thema 3
Sustainable materials and waste management tegel 6
Soil and land as valuable resources to close loops thema 8
Upscaling sustainable lifestyles - a key component thema 9
The contribution of ports to a low carbon circular economy thema 2
Digital transformation as a driver for circular economy thema 4
Bioeconomy thema 6
Circular economy as enbler for climate policy thema 8
Financing the circular transition tegel 10
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The  E-loop  Challenge  calls  for  students  from  all  educational  and  geographical  backgrounds who  like  to  become  masters  in  dealing  with  the  problem  of  e-waste.  It  creates  a  unique contest  to  dive  into  this  problem  and  design  inspiring solutions.