The Practitioners Handbook series aims to support local governments, which have already identified priority sectors or materials they wish to apply circular economy principles to. The series offers sector-specific guidance to support city officers in identifying practical circular economy interventions in collaboration with stakeholders from businesses, academia, civil society, and more.
This handbook combines learnings from both approaches and builds on existing work and local good practices to offer practical recommendations for designing circular food systems at the local level that also deliver socio-economic benefits. It aims to provide city practitioners with tools and examples to help them turn the concept of circular food systems into tangible local actions.
The handbook is built around three key steps to facilitate the transition to circular food systems and it’s divided in:
Each step of this handbook includes examples of local governments that have paired their circular economy efforts with initiatives to promote social equity and health. These demonstrate the ability of both agendas to support each other provided such synergies are appropriately planned for.
This handbook provides local governments with concrete tools their peers are using to facilitate the transition to circular food systems, from stakeholder engagement to designing effective policies. It draws on experiences from the ICLEI network and its Circular Development pathway, learnings from the ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD Network and best practices from the Milan Pact Awards. This publication features experiences from 50 local governments and was designed by ICLEI experts in collaboration with champion cities for the benefit of city practitioners. It contains policy instruments at the local government level.