The #AAL Circular project was set up by the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) to inspire and support local governments in their transition to a more circular society. In this way, we also help cities and towns to achieve their climate goals and SDGs.
Concretely, we organized workshops, study days and outings where participants can get acquainted with inspiring projects and are challenged to think circularly themselves.
In addition, we actively supported a number of cities and municipalities in the start-up and development of their circular project. They received specific support and guidance on their consulting questions.
Given the broad spectrum of circular economy, we also started working with partners to include the topic transversally. In addition to the internal partners, external partnerships were also entered into with Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Flanders Circular and Agoria, among others.
All this resulted in an extensive learning network, an expertise platform on our website, a practice database with example projects and the publication of an inspiration guide.
The project has ensured that the VVSG plays an important role in the transition to circular cities. We are happy to commit ourselves further to maintain and strengthen the animation we now have.
In 2019, we submitted two new projects to Flanders Circular, which unfortunately were not selected. However, this does not mean that we are abandoning the theme; we will continue to explore the different possibilities. For example, we will continue to add to the practice database where possible, and our inspiration guide is also written to last for some time. For the rest, we do not have sufficient financial security to allow the project to continue in its current form.