Regional development

Third OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities


 11 – 13 June 2019  Skelleftea, Region Västerbotten, Sweden 

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What will be discussed?

The event in Skellefteå focuses on two key questions:

  1. How can mining be a driver of improved regional well-being?
  2. How can mining contribute to environmentally sustainable regions for future and current generations?

A special focus be will include the transition to the green economy, and  innovative ways to attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about leading practices related to mining and regional development in the Arctic.

The event is designed for representatives from different levels of government, the private sector and civil society. It will provide the opportunity for a global dialogue on experiences and leading practices on issues related to mining and regional development.

What is the context of this meeting?

The OECD is implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities that are specialised in mining and extractive industries (minerals, metals and energy resources). It will create opportunities for peer-review and learning through events and studies undertaken by the OECD.

Find more infromation on the project here: OECD Mining Regions and Cities Project

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Session Description






About the region






Agenda (PDF)


11 June 2019

The objective of the pre-conference is to identify leading practices and build evidence about enhancing quality of life for OECD Mining Regions and Cities with a particular focus on the transition to the green economy, and skills and attractiveness.

We are particularly pleased to host the pre-conference workshop in partnership with the Mining_and_Metallurgy_Regions_of_the_EU (MIREU).


Day 1 | 12 June 2019

09.00 - Opening session: Mining, extractive industries & regional development in a global context - enhancing quality of life 

09.45 - Panel:Building the OECD initiative of Mining Regions and Cities: Looking back, looking forward

10.15 - Launch of the OECD Mining Regions Case Study of Outokumpu, North Karelia, Finland

11.00 - Health Break

11.30 - Regions with mining & extractive industries

13.00 - Lunch & cultural showcase

14.15- Parallel policy workshop: Greening resource based development

15.30 - Health Break

16.00 - Drawing policy lessons from policy workshops

16.45 - Arctic stakeholder dialogue: responsible mining and regional development

17.45 - Networking Event 


Day 2 | 13 June 2019

09.00 - Increasing the attractiveness of mining regions and cities by linking different measures that enhance liveability

10.30 - Health Break

10.45 - Parallel policy workshop

12.00 - Moderators report back from the parallel policy workshops

12.45 - Lunch

13.45 - Mining Regions Case Study for Vasterbotten and Norbotten, Sweden

14.30 - developing skills for the future 

15.45 - Health Break

16.15 - OECD Mining Regions and Cities: Summary and next steps






To register please fill in this online form 

This event brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss ways in which 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. The discussion will combine presentations of academic research with practical examples and open discussion with all participants.



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Dr Matthew  Storey
CEO of the National Native Title Council (NNTC)


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Malene Campbell
 Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
University of the Free State

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Peter Berkowitz 
Head of Unit for Smart and Sustainable Growth in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission

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 Paula Isaak
President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency


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About the region

vaderbotten About the Region

The region of Västerbotten is the second largest region in Sweden in terms of area with its 54 665 km², which is almost 13% of the country’s total area, and is located in the north of Sweden. The region is home to around 268 000 people and has three larger cities: Umeå, which is the largest city with around 110 000 inhabitants, Skellefteå and Lycksele.

The most important sectors in the region’s economy are forestry and wood industry, mining and metallurgy and electricity production.


The Mining and Metallurgy Industry

The Skellefteå field in Västerbotten is very rich in minerals. The area is home to the Renström, Kristineberg and Kankberg underground mines, as well as the Maurliden open-pit mine, which are all operated by Boliden AB. With the exception of Kankberg, complex sulphide ores, which contain zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver, are produced by all the mines. The area also has a concentrator and a leaching plant for gold and tellurium production. The Björkdal mine produces gold from a combined open pit and underground operation and is operated by Mandalay Resources Corporations.


 Sweden’s only smelter to produce base metals, Rönnskärsverken, is located in Skelleftehamn in Västerbotten. The smelter is one of the world's most efficient copper smelters. Investments and developments in Kaldo technology made Rönnskärsverken a world leader in the recycling of electronic waste with a capacity of 120,000 tonnes of electronic scrap per year. 

 Boliden’s Aitik electric trolley is pilot for electrified transports. It is the first plant in the world of this type in Arctic climate and the technology used reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 %.  




Folkparken Skellefteå
Mossgatan 28
931 70 Skellefteå, Sweden

Travel and accommodation

The  airport is situated just 20 minutes by car outside of central Skellefteå.The  Airport shuttle in connection with all regular flights (not charter). One way prices per Adult : SEK80More information visit: Skelleftebuss website

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Suggested Accommodation

In Skellefteå you will find many different types of accommodation covering all price ranges. Choose between small, homely hotels and high-standard hotels in the city centre. For booking please contact the hotels directly via e-mail using the booking code: OECD 2019.

Below you can find the e-mail addresses of hotels close to the event location:

Language: All sessions will be conducted in English. 

If you are interested in speaking in one of the sessions and/or participating in the lunchtime dialogues, please

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