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Policy Dialogue
Circular economy for biodiversity: Delivering on the benefits

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Wednesday, 28 September 2022
 10:00 - 11:30


Emma Watkins
Senior Policy Analyst, Low-Carbon and Circular Economy, Institute for European Environmental Policy
Janez Potočnik
Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for Environment
Pavel Misiga
Head of Unit, Circular Economy & Biobased Systems, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Tim Forslund
Circular Economy Specialist, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra


Stefan Sipka
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

The benefits of a circular economy - which would retain the value of products and materials for as long as possible – are widely recognised. It comes with promises of new jobs and greater competitiveness. In the context of geopolitical turmoil and disruptions to global value chains, it can ensure access to needed resources, and serve as a force for climate mitigation. However, what is less discussed, is the impact of human activities on the environment and biodiversity, and how circular economy can help achieve healthier ecosystems, which we need for food, clean air, water, medicines, and to address climate change. 

As the EU is developing its toolbox for achieving the circular economy and preparing to introduce mandatory nature restoration targets, there is no better time to discuss the rationale and the means for aligning these efforts. This policy dialogue will explore the role of the circular economy in halting and reversing biodiversity loss. It will look at how EU policies and investments can and should support the transition to a circular economy, which helps tackle multiple crises at once.

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