Delivering regional development for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries
What is the issue
What can the OECD offer?
The OECD is implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries. The project has three objectives:
1) Develop global toolbox with recommendations and evidence to benchmark and inform regional development policies in a mining and extractives context
2) Produce a series of case studies that deliver place-based recommendations and help regions and cities to implement better regional development policies;
3) Develop a global platform for mining regions and cities through events and peer-review that enables knowledge sharing, advocacy and dialogue between public/private sectors and local communities.
Events of Mining Regions and Cities
Meetings23 June - Virtual Discusion: Impacts and opportunities of COVID19 on mining regions and cities
The virtual discussion organized jointly with MIREU will explore the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on mining regions and cities and the responses and opportunities emerging from this crisis in the short and long term. This virtual discussion will serve as a platform to exchange experiences and best practices from OECD mining regions and cities in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
4th - Karratha, Australia, 2021
The meeting in Karratha will take place in June 2021. It will have a special focus on policies to increase local productivity and value chain participation related to the mining and resources sector and to support economic diversification that builds long-term economic resilience.
3rd - Skellefteå, Sweden, 2019
The 3rd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities was held in Skellefteä, Sweden in June 2019. The event in Skelleftea focused on how mining can be a driver of improved regional well-being and also contribute to environmentally sustainable regions for future and current generations?
2nd - Darwin, Northern Territory Australia, 2018
The 2nd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities was held in Darwin, Australia on 21-22 November. The event included a special focus on Indigenous peoples, and mining, resources and regional development in the context of Southeast Asia and helped define the forward plan for the OECD Mining Regions and Cities initiative.
1st - Antofagasta, Chile, 2017
The first OECD Mining Regions event was held in Antofagasta, Chile in October 2017 and was attended by 275 participants across 14 countries.
OECD Mining Regions and Cities Workshop Seville, Andalucía, Spain
In October 2019 the OECD Mining Regions and Cities Initiative held a workshop on: fostering local innovation and developing value chains in a mining context.The workshop was the first step in developing an OECD Mining Regions and Cities Case Study of Andalucía.
Case Studies and Analythical Work
The Case of Upper Norrland in Sweden, forthcoming
The OECD is conducting a case study of the mining regions of Västerbotten and Norrbotten, which constitute the larger region of Upper Norrland. Västerbotten and Norrbotten are strategically important in a European context because of their role in supplying raw materials and associated value-adding. The study assesses policies, governance structures and implementation mechanisms related to sustainable supply of raw materials, opportunities for diversification, the regulatory framework and engagement with Sami People of Sweden.
The Case of Outokumpu, North Karelia in Finland
OECD has conducted a case study on the mining region of North Karelia and the municipality of Outokumpu in Finland. The study provides recommendations to mobilize the region's assets and address development challenges, as well as to improve economic diversification, welfare and entrepreneurship.
Discussion & Scoping Paper
Enhancing well-being in Mining Regions - Key Issues and Lessons for Developing Indicators
This paper provides analytical background and input for discussion for the 3rd Meeting of OECD Regions and Cities in Skellefteå, Sweden. It proposes the development of a new set of indicators to measure well-being of mining regions and asks partners to provide feedback and share leading practice examples related to the well-being challenges identified. Click here for pdf version.
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.