Expert stories on Circular economy

Sustainable use of resources by Sami people

The Sámi way of life relates closely to nature and their traditional knowledge is built on generations of experience. While Sámi reindeer herding families remain strong, changes have been brought about by modern introductions, such as snowmobiles.

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Mongolian pastoral society and women

Yurts, the traditional round tent dwellings of the Inner Asian nomads, have been in use for more than 3,000 years. Constructed according to the principle of sparing natural resources, yurts are also a place where men and women live together in integrated harmony.

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Territorial integration and agricultural capacities of drylands

Meeting regional food production is nearly impossible in drylands, which exist in over 110 countries. Oasis ecosystems contribute not only to the biodiversity of the ecosystem but also to the diversity of diet, whilst improving rural-urban territorial connectivity.

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Digital circular economy: cornerstone to sustainability

Circular economy is a crucial contributor to sustainable development and the attainment of climate goals. The transition in our consumption and production patterns necessary for reaching the SDGs is enabled by digital technologies.

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Circular economy as a vaccine against pandemics like COVID-19

We need a systemic shift of the consumption and production system. Eco-towns and eco-industrial parks are set to play an important role in advancing the 3R principles: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. A great example is the Japan’s eco-town programme.

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How to transition to a digital circular economy?

The circular economy is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal, while digital technologies are an enabler for upscaling the circular economy. But how are we going to get the transition towards the digital circular economy started concretely?

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