The World Resources Forum (WRF) is a non-profit organisation serving as a global platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and action towards a sustainable and fair use of natural resources. Through our conferences, projects and knowledge products, we strive to scale up solutions able to make resource use a driver for human wellbeing within planetary boundaries.
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The way natural resources are managed and used has inter-linked economic, social, environmental and geo-political causes and effects. Only by addressing all these dimensions systematically, we can unveil the core of pressing challenges and design solutions that are effective and sustainable. Thinking in systems also allows us to analyse the dynamics of natural resources systems, exploring how changes in one dimension cause effects on another.
Environmental, social and economic impact happens at all stages of the life of natural resources, from the way they are extracted, to the way they are used in production processes and are recovered after the consumption stage. Life-cycle thinking provides us a methodology to systematically analyse how resources are used across extraction, production and consumption systems, and to look for opportunities to increase resource efficiency and value
In today’s world, natural resources are at the core of complex global value chains, where production, distribution, consumption and recovery activities often take place far away. Decisions at any stage inevitably have profound consequences for the entire chain’s management of resources. By mapping and including all chain actors in our activities, we are able to discover levellers for change and increase the effectiveness of policy and practical interventions.