Exploratory CIRCO mission to Thailand

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A circular economy does not stop at a country’s border. Cross-border cooperation only makes the circular economy stronger. That is why CIRCO is also active outside of The Netherlands. CIRCO’s Pieter van Os and new CIRCO trainer Rick Passenier were in Thailand in mid-February, to explore the possibilities of collaboration, and eventually perhaps to start a new CIRCO Hub.

Thailand

19 februari 2020

The possibilities proved to be abundant, because many Thai organizations are enthusiastic about the CIRCO method and approach.

In Thailand there are major challenges in the field of plastic and packaging and in the agricultural sector. At the same time, there are good opportunities to get started with the circular economy. Therefore, the Dutch embassy in Bangkok is already active in this area. For example, they actively support bringing together relevant parties from the packaging chain.

Positive responses and lots of interaction

During the mission, CIRCO organized a workshop (Track) at the Dutch embassy in Bangkok for representatives of government, education and research organizations, among others. Ambassador Kees Rade opened the afternoon. The responses were very positive; several organizations see CIRCO as a useful policy tool to get started with the circular economy and circular entrepreneurship, and to strengthen cooperation in these areas.

CIRCO also provided a workshop during a meeting organized by NXPO, a Thai government agency active in the field of higher education, research and innovation. With a large audience, unexpected interaction and lots of enthusiasm, this afternoon was also a success. NXPO sees CIRCO as a useful tool to get companies started with circular entrepreneurship and would like to explore the possibilities of collaborating with CIRCO.

Explore possibilities further

In addition, more than twenty Thai designers were present at a networking event organized by CIRCO. Here too, the willingness and enthusiasm to get started with circular design proved to be immense. Many attendees indicated that they wanted to contribute to the sustainability challenges that Thailand faces.

All in all it was a very successful mission. The CIRCO method also seems to work well in Thailand and the possibilities for jointly organizing Tracks and a Train-the-trainer program seem to be great. CIRCO and the Thai parties will explore this further in the coming period.

 

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