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OECD Mining Regions and Cities Project

 

Improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries 

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 chris.mcdonald@oecd.org

Presentation on the OECD Mining Regions and Cities Project

 For a larger view of the presentation, click OECD mining regions preconference for web from OECDregions 

 

Events

 

Case Studies and Thematic Work

 
Darwin Group Antofagasta port
 
government of Australia

Upcoming: 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.  

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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.

Programme

 

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 countrie.

Proceedings

Scoping Paper

In 2017, the OECD Secretariat prepared a scoping paper to inform the first OECD meeting on mining regions and cities. The scoping paper identifies the main policy issues for regions and cities with a specialisation in mining and extractive activities.

 

The Case of Outokumpu, North Karelia in Finland

The OECD is conducting a Mining Regions Case Study on the region of Outokumpu, North Karelia in Finland, which aims to provide recommendations to deliver better local and regional development policies in a mining and extractives context. The case study focuses on policy recommendations to mobilise the assets of the region and address the development challenges as well as to enhance economic diversification, wellbeing and entrepreneurship.

 

The Case of Västerbotten and Norrbotten in Sweden

 The OECD is conducting a Mining Regions Case Study of Västerbotten and Norrbotten. It is focusing on the following themes:

  • Economic, technological and policy context shaping regional development and mining trends and prospects in northern Sweden;
  • Current economic trends, growth enablers and bottlenecks with a particular focus on the performance of the mining and extractive sector in northern Sweden;
  • Assessment of policies, governance and implementation mechanisms (at local, regional, national and EU levels) related to the sustainable supply of raw materials and value-adding and economic diversification in the region.
 For further information or comment, please contact    Chris.McDonald@oecd.org  

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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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