Welcome to the Circular Metabolism Podcast. This podcast is hosted by the Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism held by Aristide Athanassiadis and Stephan Kampelmann at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In this podcast, we talk with researchers, policy makers and different practitioners to unravel the complex aspects of what makes urban metabolisms and economies more circular.On this episode we talk with our friend Paul Currie, who is a Senior Officer in ICLEI Africa and a researcher at Stellenbosch University, about what the African context can teach us on Urban Metabolism ?In fact, as environmental challenges are so manifest, African cities can be an ideal place to learn about UM and test systemic solutions. Paul share his experience about applying UM in the African context but also about spatialising it at smaller scales in order to bring out different consumption patterns. We discuss why UM is especially relevant in Africa which is rapidly urbanising, and the choices of today will have profound future effects on resource use and pollution emissions. However, in the African context UM should focus about equity rather efficiency as it has usually done in European and American contexts.Finally, we discuss about how African cities can reconciliate experimenting fast and failing but still providing essential services to its citizens.Enjoy this episode and don't forget to visit our website www.circularmetabolism.com for the rest of our productions. Before you go, please help us improve our podcast by subscribing to your favourite app including Youtube, iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher and leave us a comment with your thoughts.- iTunes: http://tiny.cc/9flx7y- Stitcher: http://tiny.cc/3glx7y- Spotify: http://tiny.cc/nhlx7y- Deezer: http://tiny.cc/ej1zlz- Google: http://tiny.cc/1o1zlzFor more information on the work of ICLEI Africa, visit : https://africa.iclei.org/
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