By 2030, around 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban deltas, where 80% of global GDP will be produced. This ever-expanding urbanization needs innovation, creativity and new ways of cooperation in order to provide for good living conditions with minimal impact. Closing the loops of resource flows in urban regions is a key strategy, in which cities hold leadership opportunities to pioneer. We will zoom in on the dynamics within cities and regions to deal with this challenge.

Global Session: Cities and regions as laboratories for circular change

We often imagine urban futures of green and healthy cities where ecosystems can thrive, and waste and pollution are absent. This long-term vision is increasingly being translated into policies and practices. In spite of that, profound change, understood as an interaction of vision, words and deeds, is still difficult and blurry. Acknowledging this is a first step towards developing transition strategies that are environmentally sound and socially just. This session aims to 1) provide insights into the main drivers and ambitions in regional and metropolitan transitions, 2) provide a view of what a compelling evaluative framework could look like, 3) spell out the chances, dilemmas, and pitfalls that have been encountered in experiences and research.


Date and time:  Monday 25 February,  12:00 - 13:00

Hosted by: OVAM and KUL