About the World Resources Forum

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, SMEs, NGOs and the public. Flagship activity is the annual WRF Conference. 

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Sustainable Recycling Industries Program launched in India

Daniel Ziegerer at SRI India LaunchMumbai, 16 december 2014 The Sustainable Recycling Industries programme (SRI) was launched in India at the Waste Management Summit in Mumbai on 16 December 2014. The SRI program is a 4-year global programme which will be active in India, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, South Africa, Egypt and Ghana. In India, the main focus of the programme is on plastic recycling, particularly on recycling of hazardous waste materials, and the development of local life cycle inventories. 


Goodbye world, hello R!


WRF logoSt. Gallen, 7 Febuary 2015 
The WRF secretariat announced a restyling of its website and social media. The wellknown logo of the globe with its measuring lint will soon be replaced by a new one. Furthermore social media activities will be freshened up and a partnership with UNEP International Resource Panel implemented.


The World Resources Forum wishes you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year

Season's Greetings 2014

St. Gallen, 21 december 2014 Dear readers, this is to wish you and your beloved ones enjoyable holidays and a happy New Year. We hope that 2014 has been a good one for you, both in your professional and personal life.

We hope to keep meeting and working with you in the years to come, connecting brilliant ideas to people with power for achieving a better world.

WRF 2014 was carbon neutral, emissions offset in Zimbabwe

SPC certificate

Zurich, 17 December 2014 South Pole Carbon today presented the Carbon Neutral Certificate for World Resources Forum 2014, held in Peru in October this year. The certificate certifies that the almost 6,000 tons of emissions were offset to the Avoided Deforestation project in Zimbabwe.

First Austria Resources Forum to be held in Salzburg

Austria Resources Forum logoSt. Gallen, 17 December Scarcity of resources, efficient use of resources and sustainable lifestyles are the topics of the first national Austria Resources Forum, which will be organised in Salzburg, on 21-22 January, 2015

Swiss free consultancy program for improving resource efficiency presented

Reffnet logoBrugg, 5 December 2014 The Swiss Resource Efficiency Network, Reffnet.ch, reported about their free consultancy program for improving resource efficiency in companies. Reffnet offers up to 5 free days of consultancy to Swiss companies.

Resource efficiency in the industry sector will be one of the topics at the next WRF conference taking place in Davos on October 11-15, 2015. Proposals for sessions or workshops are welcome.

WRF message to COP20: Resource policies essential for climate change

Manuelo CastroLima, 1 December 2014 Resource policies are essential for climate change. Governments must move rapidly to combine resource and energy policies, since neither can be successfully achieve its objectives without close coordination with the other.

This message to the President of COP20, Minister of Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, was today sent by the co-chairs of the World Resources Forum 2014 conference, Manuelo Castro, and Xaver Edelmann.

Download chairman's summary here (PDF)


European Resources Forum urges Commission to continue resource efficiency and circular economy programs

ERFBerlin, 11 november 2014 "The European Resources Forum urges the European governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to continue with the “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” and with the initiatives and actions linked to it, especially with the “Circular Economy Package”. The fear that resource efficiency endangers the economy is wrong."


Over 1,000 participants celebrated World Resources Forum in Arequipa

Kids at WRF 2014Arequipa, 23 october 2014 Over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organisations listened yesterday to Vice Minister of the Environment Mariano Castro, who closed the three-day conference, organised in the Peruvian city of Arequipa. Castro and his co-chair Xaver Edelmann, President of the WRF, thanked the local community on behalf of all participants for their warm hospitality. They praised the work of the organising teams, from Switzerland and Peru, including the volunteers from Arequipa universities.

Almost 1.5 million Swiss buildings not fit for energy and environment

Symposium eco-bau 2014 (Photo: courtesy eco-bau)Bern, 26 September 2014  A staggering 1.5 million buildings in Switzerland are not fit in terms of energy consumption and environmental impact over their lifecycle (from construction until demolition). This was stated in a conference organised by the Swiss platform for sustainable construction “eco-bau".

The WRF Secretariat is currently investigating enery and resource related issues in sustainable construction in a pilot project, carried out in cooperation with its hometown, the Swiss city of St. Gallen.

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