Participants at International Conference in Athens, 12th of June, 2015
Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA), ISWA National Member, has organized an International Conference "Waste and Resources Synergies towards a Circular Economy in Greece and Mediterranean Countries", on 12.06.2015 in Athens / Greece, conference supported by the "Regional Development Network (RDN) Southeast Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean" of ISWA.
The circular economy is defined as an economic model that produces virtually no waste, with raw materials being re-used and recycled continually within a closed loop.
and lists a series of "aspirational" goals, which are not legally enforceable:
In Athens, different aspects of waste management and circular economy (concept, economic model, tool for development, dream, utopia…) were discussed by participants from Greece, Romania, FYROM, Serbia, Portugal, Italy and Germany (universities and industry) and ISWA representatives (Mr. David Newman, Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos, Mr. Joachim Quoden and Mr. Marco Ricci-Juergensen, Mr. Alexei Atudorei).
During the conference, specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept at global level were presented by: Mr. David Newman - Waste, Resources and Volatility
During his presentation it was mentioned the most important lessons from history:
Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos - Circular Economy and Future of Waste Management, specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in EU by:
Specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in Greece were presented by:
Mr. Nikos Aslanoglou - The Circular Economy of Polygonal logic and Citizens Society, and specific aspects of waste management and circular economy concept in ISWA-RDN by:
The high level and interest of all presentations made all the participants wiser on this topic, and is one more step to the further development of this critical sector and to the strengthening of our relations and cooperation in RDN Region and EU.
More information are available on: eedsa.gr .
has established different Regional Development Networks (RDN) to more effectively reach regions outside of its traditionally strong areas (i.e. Western Europe and North America).
The's aim is to promote sustainable waste management by carrying out activities and developing programs that focus on their regions special needs and challenges.
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