WRF 2014, Arequipa, Peru, 19-22 October 2014

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Program WRF 2014, Arequipa, Peru, 19-22 October 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014:

15:00 – 18:00 Pre-registration and Welcome Drinks at Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca

14:00 – 22:00 Pre-conference meetings (by invitation only)

Monday, October 20, 2014:

08:00 – 09:00 Registration at Cerro Juli Convention Centre

09:00 – 10:30 High-level Opening Session – Welcome to WRF 2014 

  • Xaver Edelmann, President WRF
  • Bruno Oberle, Director, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland Presentation
  • Alfredo Zegarra Tejada, Major Arequipa City, Peru
  • Achim Steiner (video), Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Mara Murillo, Deputy Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Hans-Ruedi Bortis, Swiss Ambassador in Peru
  • Dirk-Jan Koch, Special Envoy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland Presentation
  • Mariano Castro, Vice Minister of the Environment, Peru

10:30 – 11:30 Coffee Break and Exhibition

11:30 – 12:30 WRF Parade, moderated by Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director WRF

  • Highlights WRF 2013 Davos
  • Introduction and meeting the audience
  • Agenda, workshops and scientific sessions, exhibition and posters

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Plenary Session I: Connecting Brilliant Ideas to People with Power – Policies & Stakeholders Participation


  • Solitaire Townsend (Video), Co-Founder, Futerra Sustainability Communications, United Kingdom
  • Marilyn Mehlmann, General Secretary, Global Action Plan (GAP) International, Sweden Presentation
  • Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair Internation Resource Panel UNEP and Co-President Club of Rome, Germany Presentation
  • Gisella Orjeda, President, Science, Technology and Technological Innovation National Council of Peru (CONCYTEC), Peru Presentation 
  • Session Chairs: Walter Pengue, International Resource Panel UNEP, Argentina and Xaver Edelmann, President WRF, Switzerland

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 Workshops (WS) /Scientific Sessions (Ss)

18:00 – 20:00 Cocktail at Cerro Juli Convention Centre

Tuesday, October 21, 2014:

08:00 – 08:30 Registration at Cerro Juli Convention Centre

08:30 – 10:30 Workshops (WS) /Scientific Sessions (Ss)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Workshops (WS) /Scientific Sessions (Ss)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session II: Doing Business with Less  – Cleaner Production and Circular Economy

  • María Amélia Enríquez, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Mining, State of Pará and International Resource Panel UNEP, Brazil Presentation 
  • Luis Neves, Chairman, GeSI – Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Belgium Presentation
  • Ana Quiros, Chair Director Eco Global and Vice-President of Association of Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America (ALCALA), Costa Rica Presentation 
  • Arnold Tukker, Director, Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University, The Netherlands Presentation 
  • Yi Heng Cheng, COO of CBI Investment (HK) and Head of econoVation Lab at Tongji University, China Presentation
  • Valérie Issumo, Founder, Prana Sustainable Water, Switzerland Presentation
  • Session chairs: Marcos Alegre, Director, National Cleaner Production Center (CER), Peru and Sonia Valdivia, Program Manager WRF, Peru

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 Plenary Session II: Doing Business with Less – Cleaner Production and Circular Economy

  • Panel Discussion

17:30 – 19:30 Workshops (WS) /Scientific Sessions (Ss)  

19:30 – 23:00 Conference Cocktail and Entertainment at Terrazas del Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca

Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

08:00 – 08:30 Registration at Cerro Juli Convention Centre

08:30 – 10:30 Workshops (WS) /Scientific Sessions (Ss)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Plenary Session III: Consuming for More – Lifestyles and Education   


  • Heinz Gutscher, University of Zürich, Switzerland Presentation
  • Adriana Zacarias Farah, Regional Coordinator, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean Presentation
  • Lewis Akenji, Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan Presentation
  • Jeffrey Barber, Executive Director, Integrative Strategies Forum (ISF), United States
  • Mariano Castro, Vice Minister of the Environment, Peru Presentation 
  • Session chairs: Harry Lehmann, Head of the Division, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), Germany and Ana Quiros, Chair Director Eco Global, Costa Rica

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop Summaries, Scientific Awards & Drawing Competition

15:30 – 16:30 Closing Session 

  • Xaver Edelmann, President WRF Presentation
  • Bas de Leeuw, Managing Director WRF – Chairman’s Summary
  • South Pole Carbon (video)WRF 2014 CO2 Emissions Compensation
  • Damien Giurco, Research Director Institute for Sustainable Futures – WRF Asia Pacific 2015 Presentation
  • Mariano Castro, Vice Minister of the Environment, Peru – Closing

16:30 – 17:30 Farewell Drinks

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Announcement WRF 2014

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Welcome to WRF 2014

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to stay?

  • We advise you to book accommodation through a common online platform. Should you need assistance with your reservation, you may contact reservations@ogdarequipa.org (additional service charges can apply)
  • See here a list of recommended Hotels in Arequipa
  • For assistance on post-conference tours, you may contact tourswrf@ogdarequipa.org

How do I get to my hotel?

  • Front desk at the airport to guide participants arriving in Arequipa
  • Reliable taxi company will wait for participants at the airport

…and to the venue in Cerro Juli?

See here more information about Arequipa!

City of Arequipa

  • Advantages of Arequipa city:Arequipa is known as the White City, named for its buildings in ashlar stone. The White City shines for its sunny climate and its gastronomy, one of the most exquisite cuisines of Peru. Arequipa’s architecture boasts a unique, colonial and republican heritage that prompted UNESCO to declare the historical centre of Arequipa a World Heritage Site. Three imposing “watchtowers” belong to the landscape of the beautiful city: Misti (5,822 m), Pichu Pichu (5,664 m) and Chachani (6,075 m) volcanoes. Arequipa townsfolk are proud and hospitable providing the city with a unique charm.

  • Location:
  • Thanks to its geographical location, Arequipa has become a strategic city for holding events of various kinds in the region. Arequipa’s access routes have contributed to this preference by connecting the city with the most important cities of Peru.Daily flights arrive at the International Airport “Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón” and by land the city is integratedinto the national road network, and the Pan American Inter-Oceanic Highway that connects to Brazil.
  • Climate: The weather in Arequipa is friendly and welcoming. Most of the year you can enjoy early sunrises and a cloudless sky trails which highlights the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the city. Arequipa is set in a valley at an altitude of 2,335 m. This condition makes Arequipa a mandatory first step in acclimatization for those who plan to visit the cities of Cusco and Puno.
  • Gastronomy: Peruvian cuisine is one of the world’s most recognized cuisines and an exemplar of fusion cuisine due to its multicultural influences. Arequipa’s gastronomy is certainly one of his most provocative bastions. Every dish is a tribute to the human and cultural mix of Peru. The restaurants celebrate every day with the exquisite colours, flavours and aromas that feature the land, sea and rivers of the region.
  • Souvenirs:The natural diversity is portrayed into a variety of products that have become symbols of Arequipa: different samples of handicrafts, silver jewellery, stale drinks and sweet flavours that are unique to the hands of its people. Undoubtedly, the production of alpaca garment stands out, one of the most representative activities in our city. Arequipa is the natural home of this species whose fine fibre has conquered the world’s most renowned designers.
  • Nature:Arequipa’s prime location allows the city to gather contrasting natural landscapes of infinite beautiful regions: a long coastline of beaches, arid deserts, mountains, volcanoes and abysmal canyons that are only a small sample of its natural paradise.

  • Entertainment:Arequipa has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The joy is in the air: from a garden party where traditions and beliefs are dressed up to a collage of music and entertainment in bars, pubs and clubs in the city.

(Photos credit: Renato Cortez)


Tourist destinations

  •  Colca Canyon:The Colca Canyon is a wide valley blessed with a beautiful natural setting. Numerous terraces dating from Pre-Columbian times and a river located at 3,140 meters depth characterize the site.A bus trip to the Colca Canyon will take you through beautiful high Andean landscapes, crossing a pass of 4,900 meters, from where you will appreciate the beautiful valley of volcanoes. Along the way visitors can enjoy beautiful natural scenery, as well as the fauna in the area, such as herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas (a camelid family of llamas and alpacas that live in the wild), several types of birds, eagles, geese and the majestic Andean condor.
  • Cuzco:Cuzco shows an extraordinary architecture that reveals the Western domination of the Inca culture. Building foundations are of Inca stone walls and the upper walls correspond to colonial architecture. This phenomenon of cultural and political imposition is noticeable in the many Spanish churches built on Inca centres, such as the Cathedral, the Church of the Society of Jesus, among others.A few miles away by rail we find the ceremonial centre of Machu Picchu, visited annually by hundreds of thousands of travellers who are attracted by its fabulous architecture and by the mystery it prompts.


  • Puno:Puno is the folkloric capital of Peru where the world’s highest navigable lake is located, theTiticaca Lake. The lake plays a major role as a thermoregulatory element in the climate of the area; it has an area of 36,180 hectare and an altitude of 3,809 meters. The Titicaca National Reserve is home to more than 15 fish species, a giant frog and 60 species of birds in their extensive cattails.The floating islands of Titicaca have a special appeal. There are thirty islands: Taquile, Amantani, Soto and Suasi, amongst other. According to the legend, the founders of the Inca Empire came out of the Titicaca Lake.

  • Nazca Lines:The south of Peru includes the Nazca Lines as one of its main attractions. These fantastic geoglyphs were built by ancient Peruvians for the purpose of worship and astronomical observation. The Nazca Lines can be seen from small planes. The imposing and enigmatic Nazca Lines are one of the most important legacies of the ancient pre-Inca Peruvian cultures: source of knowledge and amazing recording of celestial phenomena. Maria Reiche defines them as the strange testimony and legacy of ancient Peruvian cultures: “Lines of the Nazca Pampas are nothing less than a historical reference of science and the pre-Hispanic Peruvian scientists. It recorded a scientific tradition in which the ancient Peruvians developed an alphabet to write down the most important astronomical events of those days. The Pampas of Nazca are the pages of a book written with this strange alphabet”
  • Amazonas:The jungles of the Amazon in the south east of Peru are home to the largest concentration of biodiversity with a great number of species of flora and fauna. The Tambopata Reserve and National Park-Sonene Bahuaja are one of the few unspoiled places most bio diverse in the world.If you are a nature lover you will love the hundreds of captivating colours of exotic birds which fly freely over the treetops in the blue sky. You will also have the opportunity to observe a variety of reptiles like crocodiles and snakes.If you are interested in plants you should know that the forest is full of beautiful herbs and flowers, such as orchids.To visit the Peruvian Jungle means having contact with many ethnic groups and villages different to the Andean ones, since these Jibaro cultures have their own customs and even their own language. In the jungle very little Spanish is spoken and there are dozens of distinct languages that are subject of study.