MinLand Brochure #2

The MinLand project was created from the common need to secure raw materials supply within Europe, including the increasing demand for metallic and industrial minerals, meeting the need of strategic value chains.

This ultimate objective can be achieved by implementing sustainable land-use planning addressing minerals development and responsible mining activities.

The main results and other interesting insights about the project are showcased in the brochure.

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MinLand consortium meeting

The MinLand consortium meeting was held on the 9th and 10th of May 2019 in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was hosted at the campus Vienna University of Economics and Business who is also a partner of the MinLand Project.

On 09th of May 2019, the meeting started with a formal introduction by the partners. The results from the review meeting were deliberated by the project coordinator. The partners presented their work and discussed related actions and steps for the development of the project. In the afternoon, a workshop on good practice elements in land-use planning was held, the partners were divided into 4 groups with the aim to share the key focus themes and to intricate on the best practices from the EU countries.

On the 10th May of 2019, the remaining partners presented their activities and results.

The core of MinLand consortium builds upon the participation of European geological surveys represented by partners and third parties under the umbrella organization EuroGeoSurveys. The MinLand project has been designed to meet challenges concerning competing land-use planning related to different land-use interests. MinLand offers an answer to these challenges and is therefore rewarded with an EU Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 776679. Moreover, the project will close at the end of 2019.

Consortium Meeting - Vienna (9-10 May 2019)

MinLand at UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management in Geneva

EuroGeoSurveys as the organization that produce geological data that is the base for future mineral land use and associated extraction of minerals lines up on what was underlined on this global event - Proper data-sets on minerals and other earth resources to support mineral land use planning and extraction.

More than 350 persons from all continents and from all sectors (decision makers, geological surveys, companies, authorities, universities, NGO's, individual experts, etc.) were present and the number of participants was between 100-200 on every day. Materials are and will be available here: www.unece.org.

As a Bureau member of the UNECE EGRM, Dr. HORVÁTH Zoltán, Head of Department, Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary, thanks the team (Charlotte Griffiths, David MacDonald, Hari Tulsidas, others), for their cooperation and discussions on data harmonization by international standards (UNFC classification, CRIRSCO type reporting codes) and INSPIRE which was also on the table on EU-level.

UNECE EGRM is a global level network for sustainability from minerals and other earth resources (energy, non-energy, solid, fluid type, renewable's, groundwater, etc.) and access to minerals and mineral safeguarding issues can be elements of the logical UNFC system (e.g. existence or lack of permissions, social-environmental and economic considerations, SLO on the "E" and "F"-axis from the three axis; "E": economic social viability, "F": feasibility, "G": geological knowledge and potential).

Many Geological Surveys (EGS, BGR. LNEG, MBFSZ, SGU), other EU-projects (ORAMA, MINTELL4EU with other GeoERA programs) were represented there.

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MinLand Newsletter #2

The MinLand newsletter - Edition #2

The 2nd MinLand newsletter comprises of interviews with the main stakeholders of the MinLand workshop on sustainable land use and mineral resources management. Also explaining on how the MinLand project could help it?

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Video on daily use of mineral raw materials in everyday life - MIRO Medien

In an entertaining way, the film informs about the daily use of mineral raw materials in everyday life and in the economy. From asphalt to toothpaste, we use a large number of products daily, which are mined, promoted and then further processed in quarries, dredged lakes and gravel pits. 

Click the link to watch the film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMf3XBuR5mY

Video courtesy: MIRO Medien

MinLand Project at the Future Mine and Mineral 2019


MinLand project – Access to land a key issue for mining

Dr. Ronald Arvidsson, the project coordinator presented the MinLand Project at the Future Mine and Mineral 2019.

Competition about use of land is fierce within Europe. Currently, the need for metals, construction raw materials and industrial minerals is increasing. Therefore, there is a large need for access to land for exploration and extraction of mineral raw materials. Since land use is not always well synchronized when it comes to extraction of minerals EU has recognized the need for exploring good practices for sharing between the EU member states for guidelines regarding how to reach a system where land is not sterilized and a harmonized land use and mineral policy strategy that will allow extraction of metals, construction and industrial mineral within Europe. In a global context we are also obliged to take a shared burden of extraction and not only consumption.

The H2020 project MinLand therefore deals with:

  • Establishing a data base regarding legislation and policy regarding minerals land use and general land use
  • Analyse different land use cases of mineral exploration and extraction
  • Develop a guideline regarding successful process of exploration and extraction with focus upon a optimized and sustainable land use process and mineral extraction
  • The guide line will focus upon good case examples 

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