Regional development

OECD Mining regions and cities


The mining of minerals and metals, extraction of coal, oil and gas, and downstream production affects virtually all OECD member countries. As such, the organisation is  implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities that are specialised in mining and extractive industries.  

Policies related to mining tend to be shaped at the national level with a sectoral focus - trade and fiscal settings, concession and permitting processes, local content – integration with local and regional development strategies can be weak. This centralised approach makes it difficult to manage the territorial impacts of mining, exacerbates challenges and tensions, and leads to missed opportunities and benefits – resulting in problems such as difficulties in securing and sustaining social license to operate. 


Project objectives 


  • Provide a framework for the OECD, the mining industry, national and subnational governments, and non-government organisations to cooperate on addressing shared challenges related to mining, extractive industries and regional development. 
  • Produce a series of publications that deliver regional specific recommendations and implementation support, and a tool-kit (benchmarking and guidance, indicators and data, and best practices) to support the implementation of better regional development policies in a mining and extractives context across countries
  • Develop a global platform for mining regions and cities through events and peer-review that enable knowledge sharing, advocacy and dialogue between public/private sectors and local communities on better policies to enhance regional productivity and well-being.

Call for Action and next steps


A “call to action” was released at the 2nd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities in Darwin, which is available here. An options and participation paper for this work is also now available link. An expression of interest is now open to sign the call to action and indicate preferences for participation. For more information please contact



UPCOMING MEETING: The 3rd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities Skellefteå, Sweden


12th – 13th June, 2019

The meeting in Skellefteå will have a special focus on regional development in the Arctic, and enhancing quality of life for regions and cities with a specialization in mining and resources. This includes how regions and cities can take advantage of the transition to low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient economies, and, attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce. We are particularly pleased to host a pre-conference workshop on 11th June in partnership with the Mining_and_Metallurgy_Regions_of_the_EU (MIREU) to assist in implementing this initiative.  


To register interest in participating and/or speaking at the event, and for further information please email us

Region Vasterbotten

City of Skellefteå


2nd Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia 


 The 2nd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities was held in Darwin, Australia on 21st and 22nd November. The event included a special focus on Indigenous peoples, and mining, resources and regional development in the context of Southeast Asia.



Site visit


 On 20th November the Northern Territory Government hosted a pre-conference that helped define the forward plan for the OECD Mining Regions and Cities Project. A copy of the proceedings can be found here: link




1st Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities Antofagasta, Chile


The first OECD Mining Regions event was held in Antofagasta, Chile in October 2017 and was attended by 275 participants across 14 countries.





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Why is this event important?    ¿Por que es este evento importante?

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Please note that the event is designed to build a network for knowledge-sharing about regional development issues for regions and cities that are specialised in mining and extractive industries which would be composed of experts, policymakers and practitioners with a consultative role. It should under no circumstances be considered as an OECD body. 


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