The forum will be held both in English and Estonian. Possibility of simultaneous translation in English and in Estonian available.

The organisers have the right to make changes to the programme.
Participation in the forum with pre-registration only. The forum is free of charge.

10.00 - 10.15  Welcome notes

Mait Klaassen, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Urmas Klaas, Mayor, Tartu City
Christer Haglund, Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers´office in Estonia

10.15 - 11.45 Governance panel

What kind of tools authorities have to facilitate better resource management? How much there is pro-active decision-making vs adjusting to realities in local goverments? What are the prospects of value based governance? What we regard as waste in the future? Why should nature move back to city?

  • Future waste standards, Peeter Eek, Ministry of Environment (EST)
  • Urban biodiversity. Nature moves in. Annika Kruuse, Malmö (SWE)
  • Sustainable cooperation? Potentials and pitfalls of collaboration between communities and municipalities in creating a zero-waste sharing society. Kaidi Tamm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (GER)

Presentations will be followed by a discussion round.

11.45 - 12.00 Break

12.00 - 13.50 Business panel

What makes business in the zero-waste society? The price or value of the resource? Would it ever be profitable to move away from global trade to more local and regional trade? How to prevent food waste with circular thinking?

  • Towards self-sufficient Transition Town Bristol. Ciaran Mundy, Bristol Pound CIC (UK) via Skype
  • Prospects of sharing economy. Henri Laupmaa, Kick-starter Estonia and Fundwise (EST)
  • Food waste: Wasted money or business opportunity? Taija Sinkko, LUKE (FIN)

Presentations will be followed by a discussion round

13.50 - 14.40 Lunch

14.40 - 16.45 Community panel

To what extent can a community take over responsibilities from local governments? New opportunities provided by sharing economy and co-operative work? Who and what are transition societies? Why should we localize our economies and how to achieve better social cohesion?

  • Building the eco-community in the countryside. Riinu Lepa, Small Footprint (EST)
  • Innovative resource and waste management. Suvi Holm, EcoFellows OÜ (FIN)
  • Growing the recycling community. Kristi Zolgo, Taaskasutuskoda NGO (EST)

Presentations will be followed by a discussion round

16.15-17.30 Finger food and mingling