Rosario has concrete circular economy actions mainly through agroecology and waste management. With its Urban Agriculture Program and the Green Belt project, the city has permanent spaces for urban agriculture. The program became a model of an innovative solution to share with other cities and communities around the world as a result of winning the 2020-2021 Prize for Cities of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Concerning waste management, Rosario implements public policies for waste reduction and composting, under the framework of the Basura Zero municipal law (2008) and Rosario Environmental Plan (PAR) of 2016. The city is a ICLEI CITYFOOD Network member and is part of the Milan Pact (MUFPP) where it is a South America representative member of the MUFPP Steering Committee for 2021 – 2023.
Outcomes of relevant public policies implemented since 2002:
– 75 hectares currently used for agroecological production and urban gardens;
– 700+ hectares of land preserved for agriculture in the peri-urban area;
– 2,500 tons of fruit and vegetables produced each year;
7 new permanent market spaces created;
– More than 2,400 families started their own gardens;
– 95% reduction in emissions for vegetables produced locally.