Titel: Towards a harmonised inventory for European mineral resources

Kari Aasly1, Mark Simoni1, Pasi Eilu2, Lisbeth Flindt-Jørgensen3

1Geological Survey of Norway, Norway; 2Geological Survey of Finland, Finland; 3Geological Survey of Denmark, Denmark

Veranstaltung: GeoKarlsruhe 2021

Datum: 2021

DOI: 10.48380/dggv-7vag-8n69

With the global increase in raw material demand there is a need for harmonized supporting tools for sustainable resource management in Europe. Europe needs to assess their resource potential, but the European countries do not have a common tool to aggregate information for continent-wide resource inventories. The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a system that may be used for this purpose.

One of the specific tasks in the MINTELL4EU project under the GeoERA programme has been to test if the European geological surveys will be able to use UNFC as a tool to evaluate a country’s known and potential resources across variable levels of knowledge. The project has also tested if the application of UNFC can provide better harmonization of mineral resource data nationally and across Europe.

To gain experience on UNFC, the work in MINTELL4EU has been based on case studies. Based on the knowledge and lessons learned from the case studies, guidelines and recommendations for further work will be given. The project shows that there are different levels of experience in UNFC among the European geological surveys, and the approach and methods on UNFC varies between the countries. It is clear that there is a need for a more harmonized system and that stricter guidelines on how to do UNFC are required.

Results from the project will be presented.

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