The Charter of Commitments welcomes eight new signatories at URBAN-WASTE final conference

The Charter of Commitments for Sustainable Material Resource Management and Circular Economy counts now 27 signatories

A bit more than a year after its launch, the Charter of Commitments for Sustainable Material Resources Management and Circular Economy continues to raise interest from other cities and regions, welcoming eight new signatories.  The city of Genova, the Municipality of Krakow, Corsica, the city of Bruges, and the four Sardinian Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) representing the entire region of Sardinia – partner of BLUEISLANDS – signed the Charter, which now counts 27 cities and regions committed to a transition towards circular economy and sustainable resource management.

The four FLAGs – FLAG Sardegna Orientale, Pescando (Sardegna Centro Occidentale), Sardegna Sud Occidentale and FLAG Nord Sardegna – are Community-Led Local Development actors aiming to build local development strategies and to translate the objectives into concrete actions in the fisheries sector. Their commitment to the Charter is quite significant as around 60 Sardinian coastal municipalities in total are part of the FLAGs.

The signatories mentioned the role of tourism and its contribution to the local economy but at the same time highlighted the fact that tourism must be kept within the boudaries of sustainable resource management and the local and regional authority must provide appropriate waste management solutions.
This Signing Ceremony took place during the URBAN-WASTE project’s final conference, organised by ACR+ on 7 May 2019 in Brussels. Over 100 participants joined the project partners to hear about key findings, results and achievements but also personal stories and experiences linked to URBAN-WASTE.

A summary of the day as well as presentations from invited speakers are available on the URBAN-WASTE website.

To run through the main take-aways of the final event and reflect on URBAN-WASTE’s achievements and way forward, two webinars were organised in the end of May 2019. The first one was co-organised with the ConsumeLess Med project to explore the reproducibility of European projects, while the second one presented one of URBAN-WASTE's key deliverables, namely the Guidelines for City Managers. The Guidelines summarise the tools and methodologies used in the framework of the project, reflecting the practical experience of the 11 pilot cities. Furthermore, they include testimonials from local stakeholders and pay a special attention to gender issues that can be faced when implementing these measures.

The video recording as well as the presentations of the two webinars are available here.