Mineral Deposit Safeguarding in the EU
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021) | Viewed by 53915
Interests: minerals management; economic geology; mineral policy; mineral deposits valuation and safeguarding; applied mineralogy; circular economy
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The EU is facing fundamental changes in global markets in the availability of raw mineral materials. One of the three pillars of the EU’s mineral policy is to secure a balanced supply of raw mineral materials within the EU. A frequent lack of social acceptance of mining (social license to operate—SLO), intensive urbanization and infrastructure development, and the needs of agriculture and nature protection mean that the areas available for exploration and exploitation of deposits, which could be a source of minerals for the next generations of EU citizens, are becoming more and more limited. This problem has a diverse significance and advancement in individual European countries, especially in the scope of such elements of the expected mineral deposit safeguarding system as: methods of valorization (multicriteria assessment) of mineral deposits, mineral deposit safeguarding instruments, social acceptance of geological and mining activities, possibilities of exploration and exploitation of deposits in nature-protected areas, integration of mineral policy with land use policy, and assessment of the potential threat to Europe’s minerals security due to limited access to mineral deposits within the EU. In the last decade, this extensive topic has been the subject of many strategic EU documents in the field of mineral policy, as well as of numerous implemented research projects, among others also under the Horizon2020 Program (e.g., MINATURA2020, MINLAND). It was also undertaken to a varying extent by individual EU member states.
In this context, this Special Issue was designed to enable presentation of results of research in this field. We welcome papers that report on the theoretical developments and/or practical implementations that contribute to meeting these challenges.
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Galos
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- EU minerals security
- Mineral policy
- Multicriteria assessment of mineral deposits
- Land use policy
- Mineral deposit safeguarding instruments
- Social license to operate