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Towards a More Sustainable Use of Resources: A View from the World Resources Forum

  • Bas de LeeuwEmail author
  • Xaver Edelmann
  • Katharina A. Meijer
Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 29)


Growing population and economic activity in the last decades have correlated with increasing use of finite natural resources and environmental degradation. With a predicted 9.3 billion people on the Earth by 2050 and the imperative to eradicate poverty, our economic system will need to become much less dependent on the use of these resources if major crises are to be avoided. The World Resources Forum was launched in 2009 in order to transcend the current political focus on climate change and to bring the broader issues of global resource consumption and resource productivity back onto the agenda. The first meeting in 2009 led to the formulation of a joint declaration which advises to seek international agreements on world-wide per-capita targets for natural resource extraction and consumption, the overarching objective being to bring about an absolute decoupling between economic development and resource use. The 2011 World Resources Forum continued the discussion and concluded with 14 recommendations for converting to a green economy. Establishing an international platform for increasing worldwide resource governance was the main recommendation of the 2012 World Resources Forum.


Civil Society Resource Efficiency Resource Productivity International Energy Agency International Energy Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bas de Leeuw
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xaver Edelmann
    • 2
  • Katharina A. Meijer
    • 3
  1. 1.World Resource Forum SecretariatSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (EMPA)St. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of St.GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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