European Resources Forum (ERF)

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Successful third European Resource Forum on 9-10 November 2016

The German Environment Agency hosted the third European Resources Forum on 9-10 November 2016. The conference took place in the “Ludwig Erhard Haus” in Berlin. The ERF addressed European decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry, academia, civil society and the media. Around 400 participants from over 32 countries participated in the conference.

After the successful conferences in 2012, 2014 and 2016 the European Resources Forum has established itself as an important European platform for discussion on the issue of sustainable resource use by focusing on the political and scientific debate on this subject.

The ERF seeks to contribute to the development and implementation of common positions for policy-making in Europe and internationally. The ERF is an important instrument for communication on resource issues and for setting up networks and initiating stakeholder alliances at the European level.

The ERF 2016 continued the discussion of the current European approach to resource policy and worked out new impulses for a resource efficient Europe. The conference presented best practice cases and business models for the circular economy as well as European country initiatives for resource efficiency. Particular attention has been focused on the learning potential from international perspectives and experiences for a resource efficient world. Resource efficient land use within the rural urban nexus and advancing the idea of an international platform for resource governance were further issues of the conference.