MacCabe Durney Barnes is pleased to announce its participation to MINLAND, a project designed to meet the challenges of competing land uses. Securing access to land for exploration and extraction of minerals, including critical raw materials in an integrated optimised process is of great importance.
The European Commission recognises the importance of safeguarding the supply of metallic and other mineral raw materials to meet European needs in the Raw Materials Initiative. Mineral raw materials are instrumental in the development of new green technology, batteries for electric cars, the development of cities and access to metals for the European Industry. As a result, the H2020 SC5 call was launched and the MINLAND consortium was formed.
The MINLAND project will pursue four main objectives:
- to produce a database of existing policies,
- to provide guidelines on how to link land use and mineral policies,
- to analyse land use case studies of mineral exploration and extraction with respect to mineral- and land-use policies.
- to support a more efficient and sustainable permitting process by providing best practice examples and to ensure knowledge exchange among relevant stakeholders.
The MINLAND consortium, coordinated by the Geological Survey of Sweden, builds upon participation from all over Europe. The consortium consists of partners and third parties covering expertises such as geological land use information, mining authorities, land use authorities, industry and academia. It is further supported by a broad stakeholder group covering from municipal and regional level land use authorities to Euromines, World Wildlife Fund, PDAC, UEPG, and land use experts.
This project is financed by the European Union under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon2020 and has officially started on the 1st of December for a duration of two years.