The first MINATURA2020 stakeholder consultation in Hungary was held on 3 March 2016 in Velence in the frame of the Annual Meeting on Aggregates Mining. The mining conference served a good base for the consultation by important presentations of the development of the Hungarian mining policy, the state and problems of the mining sector, the changes in the mining legislation and the visions for mining and mineral resources management. The MINATURA2020 consultation on the introduction of the concept of the „Mineral Deposits of Public Importance” was a separated session and it brought unexpected success. Instead of the planned 25-30, 53 participants represented the ministries (National Development, Agriculture and Office for National Economic Planning), Regional Authorities of Central Administration (Environmental – Nature Conservation, Land Use, Agriculture-soil protection, Mining), NGO’s (WWF, Hungarian Geological Society), Universities (Miskolc University), Research Institutes (Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary), Mining Association, Companies (e.g. COLAS Hungaria, Baumit, Dolomit 2000) and others (e.g. staff member of the Canadian Embassy).
During the consultation the general description of the MINATURA2020 project, some European best practices for mineral policies, planning and land use planning, the concept of the categorization of different types of mineral deposits, the Hungarian approach to the MDOPI categorization for aggregates and ores, the online Survey (www.minatura2020.eu) and a Hungarian case study for methodological development of the aggregates potential assessment were presented. Thanks to the intensive and fruitful discussion the following results and outputs could be concluded:

  • The concept of the MDOPI is very useful and should be developed on national and regional level.
  • The differentiation between ores and aggregates in the concept on national level should be considered.
  • The geological/exploitation aspects should be inserted into the definition.
  • Additional co-operations and tests (development of methodology and databases behind) are needed and welcome by all participants on the stakeholder consultation.
  • Land use planning is an integrating process.
  • The MINATURA2020 project with the previous project results (SNAP SEE) and the continuation of the discussion and co-operation between different stakeholders may significantly contribute to the establishment of the mineral strategy.