|For the European Union, the circular economy is defined as a "model of production and consumption which consists in sharing, reusing, repairing, renovating and recycling existing products and materials for as long as possible so that they retain their value. “, while the Ecological Transition Agency (ADEME) specifies that its application contributes to “reducing the impact on the environment, while developing the well-being of individuals”.
In a context marked by a multitude of challenges related to rapid urbanization, climate change, the scarcity of natural resources and the imperative of an ecological transition, the concept of circular economy is gradually establishing itself as a new development model that breaks with the traditional linear model "extract, manufacture, consume, throw away", in favor of a logic of loops aimed at a sober and efficient management of resources while limiting environmental impacts. Anchored in ancestral practices, especially in rural areas, the circular economy, which is now a reality, is now positioned at the heart of the challenges of the innovative and sustainable intermediary city and is proving to be a social, environmental and economic necessity.
ADEME has developed a circular economy approach based on seven (7) pillars of action grouped into three areas, where the whole forms a cycle, and each step leads to the next. This is a good practice to be shared during the Africities Summit 9. Thus, within the framework of the existing Partnership between UCLG-Africa through its ALGA Academy and the ADEME Agency, the two parties have agreed to organize a Session on: "The place and challenges of the Circular Economy and the Management of Waste in the Ecological Transition of Intermediary Cities”.
The general goal is to discuss the Concept of the circular economy in relation to waste management, its challenges and possible approaches to make it a lever in the service of ecological transition.
Specific goals :
- Define the concepts, in particular that of the circular economy;
- Present the issues and approaches covering this concept;
- Discuss the positioning of the circular economy and waste management in the dynamics of ecological transition;
- Share existing good practices in African and non-African Intermediary Cities;
- Agree on the main pillars at the base of a sustainable and resilient circular economy;
- Identify training and capacity building needs in this area;
- Create a Community of Practice around the circular economy as a strategic lever in the commitment to Climate.