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Design your own workshop for WRF 2020 Ghana

The WRF 2020 conference will be hosted by the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and will be held in Accra, Ghana, 23-25 June 2020.

WRF Ghana 2020 will include a series of comprehensive workshops as part of the conference program and invites interested organizations to design and submit a workshop proposal.

Achieving sustainable use of natural resources in West Africa and Africa at large calls for strong support from all stakeholders from the fields of business, policy, research, and science, as well as the broader public. Designing a workshop for WRF Geneva 2020 aligned with one or more of the key issues, highlighted below, enables you to actively participate in this multi-stakeholder solution.

Workshops address topical issues related to the 3 conference themes:

Fair resource extraction for a quality future

  • Mineral governance: Perspective of extractive economies, puplicprivate partnership initiatives, responsible sourcing, supply security
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Social and environmental impacts, minamata convention, driving forces in global value chains, informal ASM integration
  • Illicit Financial Flows: Trade flows, issues and impacts, traceability methods, sustainable financing, legal and regulatory provisions

From waste to resources for development

  • Special waste: E-waste, End-of-life vehicles (ELVs), Plastics, Batteries, ODS Management
  • Innovation and technology: Hazardous waste treatment, informal–formal partnerships, take-back systems, due diligence approach
  • Favourable framework conditions: Policy and regulations, EPR and financing, transboundary movement, inclusive recycling

Making a case for circular resources

  • CE across different sectors and products: Electronics, plastics, food systems, textiles
  • Rethinking business models (for CE): From products to services, product design, industrial symbiosis, enabling environment
  • Africa circular: The human side of circular economy, low carbon solutions, leap-frog opportunities, transition process

Important points for your submission

A workshop proposal implies the entire organization of a workshop. This includes contacting and inviting the speakers and the moderator, preparing the background materials, and developing the workshop report. The WRF organizers take care of the room, catering, and promotion of the workshop, and are additionally available to support you with suggestions for speakers and workshop formats. You will need to organize the review process yourself in the case where you wish to work with scientific papers.

Workshops put emphasis on concrete cases, solutions, and subsequent lessons learned. Key questions to focus on during the workshop are: What was successful? What did not work, and why? What do we need to make it work? What can potentially be the relevance and impact on a more global scale?

Workshop info brochure

Download the info brochure for designing your own workshop at WRF 2020 in Ghana

Workshops integrating crosscutting topics such as governance considerations, multi-stakeholder participation, financing, communication, education, links to climate change, and poverty will be prioritized.

Workshop proposals that adopt creative formats to assure dynamic interaction, idea generation, and active participation in a multi-stakeholder setting will also be prioritized.

In principle, workshops at the WRF 2020 are programmed to each last for 1.5-2 hours.

With this call we also invite partners who are interested in organizing a side event or field trip to contact us at and

Workshop application

Download the application to submit your workshop proposal for WRF 2020 in Ghana.