Mineral Resources in Sustainable Land-Use Planning

The MINLAND project has been designed to meet the challenges of competing land use from many different needs. Therefore, securing access to land for exploration and extraction of minerals, including critical raw materials in an integrated optimized process is of great importance.

It was recognized by the EU the importance to safeguard the supply of metallic and other mineral raw materials for the European needs by the European Commission in the Raw Materials Initiative. Reasons are that mineral raw materials are instrumental in development of new green technology, batteries for electric cars, development of cities and access to metals for the European Industry. A consequence of the formed strategy was the launch of the H2020 SC5 call which resulted in the MINLAND consortium winning the project.

The MINLAND project will pursue four main objectives: to produce a data base of existing policies, to provide guidelines on how to link land use and mineral policies, to analyze land use case studies of mineral exploration and extraction with respect to mineral- and land-use policies. The aim is to support a more efficient and sustainable permitting process by providing best practice examples and to ensure knowledge exchange among relevant stakeholders.

The MINLAND consortium, coordinated by the Geological Survey of Sweden builds upon participation from all over Europe. The consortium consists of partners and third parties covering such expertise as geological land use information (Eurogeosurveys – geological surveys umbrella organization), mining authorities, land use authorities, industry and academy. It is further supported by a broad stakeholder group covering from municipal and regional level land use authorities to Euromines, World Wildlife Fund, PDAC, UEPG, and land use experts.

This project is financed by the European Union in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon2020 and will officially start on the 1st of December for a duration of two years.


To learn more about the project, please contact:
Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU):
Mr. Ronald ARVIDSSON, Project Coordinator
Email: ronald.arvidsson@sgu.se
Phone: +46 1817 9013

Web: http://www.eurogeosurveys.org/
Email: Ms. Nancy SAVALL: nancy.savall@eurogeosurveys.org
Ms. Jelena VIDOVIC: jelena.vidovic@eurogeosurveys.org
Phone: +32 2 888 75 53