In the framework of Work Package 1 on land use assessment, two workshops were held in autumn in Wageningen (The Netherlands) with the aim of tagging potential mineral extraction areas for a selection of important minerals and identifying the extent and/or significance of competition with other land uses.
Both workshops were organised by project partner Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, from 29 September till 1 October and from 3 to 5 November 2015 and gathered MINATURA2020 project partners from the different case study regions. The first workshop session was attended by partners from case study regions in Hungary, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Potential suitable areas for mining activities and zones of conflict were identified using the mapping tool QUICKScan (http://www.quickscan.pro/), a software tool that is applied in group processes with policy makers and experts to develop and explore potential policy options and assess likely impacts of those options through data integration. The second workshop session included the case study areas of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, Portugal and the Irish and Celtic Sea (UK and Irish waters). The Polish team will come to Wageningen later this year to work on their case study area, Dolnośląskie Province. The maps, combinational rules and discussions will be published in Deliverables 1.2 and 1.3 at the beginning of 2016.