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Open call for papers: spatial and regional planning in the context of sustainable management and minerals resources

Dear Spatial & Regional Planning Experts,

The current academic debates about the sustainable supply of raw materials and the way we extract them to investigate different approaches including the way sustainable management and development of natural resources should be achieved. In this context, an active debate about mineral resources governance has lately emerged due to the controversy of the political issue and the complexity of the spatial and regional field in regard to the impact of the mineral resource extraction.

Since the mineral extraction process the management of mineral resources are still quite sensitive topics, the CORP conference is arranging a session from 15-18 April 2020. Real Corp 2020 is aiming about the investigation on mineral resources in the context of sustainable  spatial and regional planning and governance, including policy science.

If you are interested in the session and and curious to participate, register to the conference here:

Submission deadline papers: 6 December 2019 via CORP website.

For any enquiry about the conference contact:

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MinLand Network Meeting

The MinLand Network of Experts Meeting on Sustainable Mineral Land Use took place in Brussels, Belgium, 17th September 2019. As the project has entered its final phase, the Network meeting was the perfect occasion for comprehensive and interactive discussions on the progress and current achievements of the MinLand project, and the challenges about the accessibility of land-use for exploration and mining activities in the EU. Stakeholders addressing various target groups from mine authorities, policy makers related to land-use planning, mining companies and their branch associations, relevant consultants and experts at SME level, and MinLand partners, were present at the event.

From the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), Nikolaos Arvanitidis, Chairperson, and Ronald Arvidsson, Coordinator of the Minland project, welcomed the participants with an engaging opening speech followed by an all-encompassing presentation on how to link “land-use planning to EU mineral policies addressing exploration and extraction of non-energy raw materials”.

Nike Luodes from the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) gave an overview of the “MinLand project case studies, their context and insights about the good practices and value chain challenges”. Right after, Sara Louise Gottenhuber from, The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), presented the “MinLand Good Practice Examples and preliminary Mineral Land-Use guidelines”, highlighting how good practices can help in overcoming some challenges in the mining policy field.

The meeting continued with round table discussions on mineral land-use planning with special regard to economic, environmental and social issues among three groups of participants.

Last but not least, the final session of the meeting, moderated by Slavko Solar, Secretary General at EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), ended with a productive panel discussion with six speakers from both the public and private sector, representing institutions, industries and associations.

Rodrigo Chanes-Vicente (Policy Officer at DG Grow), Athanasios Kefalas (President of the Greek Mining Enterprises & General Manager at Imerys), Louise Martins (Geological Survey of Portugal LNEG), Paul Gordon (Consultant at SLR Consulting), Riikka Aaltonen (Senior Adviser, Mineral Policy Department for Innovations and Enterprise Financing / Internationalisation and Sector-Specific Industrial policy Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland) and Åsa Allan (Kaunis Iron AB) shared their expertise, perspectives and needs concerning sustainable mineral land-use in Europe.

Among the main highlights shared during the panel discussion, speakers said that: “there is a need for good quality geological data”, “clarify how to apply for permits and the process about accessibility to land and exploration and extraction permits must be predictable”, “communication at the local level is a key enabler for acceptance”, “different languages and expectations among stakeholders can be challenging”, “it must be clear on what grounds one land is selected above the other”, “minerals are the cornerstone of civilization”, “geological information must be made such as to be understood by planners”.

Follow the final progress at and already find important deliverables including real world cases covering exploration, mining, after use and related mining and land-use policies.

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MinLand Network Meeting 17/09/2019

MinLand Newsletter #3

The 3rd issue of the MinLand newsletter comprises of interviews with the main stakeholders of the MinLand workshop happened in Sweden on April 2018.

The newsletter also describes the best practices on land planning between the Fabodtjarn project and the Boliden AB company. Moreover, the stakeholders also defines their perspective on the MinLand project and how it can be a good fit in the perspective of sustainable land use field.

The newsletter also contains an introduction and a link to the "MinLand Network of Experts" meeting.

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MinLand Network Workshop, Brussels September 17, 2019 – Interested?

MinLand Project

It is our great honour and pleasure to invite you to participate and contribute with your expertise to the MinLand Network.

In Europe the need for raw materials by far surpass the production. In order to meet need of needs of raw materials within the EU has e.g., through the H2020 umbrella launched a number of actions directed at improving conditions for the extractive industry. In this context it was recognised that one of the large challenges in extractive minerals industry is access to land and its use. Therefore, the H2020 MinLand project aims at investigating good practice in land-use planning policies, practices and linking to mineral prospecting and extraction. Specific land-use challenges might arise from/at e.g.,

• highly densely populated areas
• nature conservation and protected areas
• other industrial and other activities- tourism, agriculture, cultural heritage
• infrastructure
• affected parties

MinLand project aspires to assist and effect the land use process so that mining projects will be evaluated on par with other potential land uses. MinLand will also attempt to provide examples of Good Practice that can assist to improve the authorization and permitting procedures.

One of the actions that can assist promoting and achieving this goal, is the creation and active involvement of a network of experts and stakeholders, associated with land use planning and/or affiliated with mineral planning or industry. Therefore, MinLand will create a “Network of Experts”. We are inviting you to be a part of this Network by sharing with MinLand your views about certain aspects related to land-use planning. Furthermore, as a member of the Network, we will invite you to participate in expertise exchange events together with other specialists as you, that we will organise. The Network of Experts will also be used for consultations of the MinLand network regarding good practice and challenges in mineral prospecting and extraction in Europe.

It must be highlighted that being a member of the Network it is not obligatory to physically participate in the organised events. You can assist us with your expert opinion using other means of communication.

Register by email to:

Ronald Arvidsson, Project Coordinator, SGU –

Chrysa Panagiotopoulou, NTUA -

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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:

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. 

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Video courtesy: MIRO Medien