MINATURA2020 final conference

10 November 2017 – Hotel Le Plaza – Brussels


The MINATURA2020 project, a consortium of 24 partners from 19 European countries, is focusing on the key issue of competing land-uses. It seeks to contribute to the improvement of planning processes with a view to integrating spatial and mineral planning so as to avoid the sterilisation of nationally, internationally and locally important minerals by other developments, thereby safeguarding present and future access to mineral resources or expediting its extraction to allow other land-uses to follow.

The project has organised its final conference on 10 November 2017 (9:00 am – 13:00 pm) in the framework of the European Commission’s Raw Materials Week. The aim of the conference was to strengthen the trans-European cooperation between stakeholders, to share information and to discuss the practical implementation of the developed framework and guidance relating to Mineral Deposits of Public Importance. 

The MINATURA2020 final conference intended to provide a forum for an interactive stakeholder consultation. The main topics to be discussed were:

  1. The concept of safeguarding
  2. The proposed process for the delineation of Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MDoPI)
  3. The ‘joint Vision’ and further actions by the European Commission

Welcome address by Vitor Correia (EFG President) and Angelika Brechelmacher (Minpol)

Overview of the MINATURA2020 project by Blažena Hamadová (Minpol), Zoltán Horváth (Geological and Geophysical Instiute of Hungary) and Ben Milligan (University College of London)

Why the MINATURA2020 project by Blažena Hamadová (Minpol)

Approaching the MDOPI concept by John Cowley (Mineral & Resource Planning Associates Ltd) and Luis Martins (Assimagra)

EC’s expectations from the MINATURA2020 outcomes by Malwina Nowakowska (European Commission)

MINLAND – the follow-up of MINATURA2020 by Ronald Arvidsson (Geological Survey of Sweden)

The press release of the conference is available here.

Parts of the methodology to be used to define MDoPI are currently still under discussion within the project consortium and the conference audience was invited to provide its opinion. Stakeholders are invited to contribute through an electronic survey (here) and via the project’s discussion forum (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13523850).