Regional development

OECD Mining Regions and Cities Project


Delivering regional development for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries 

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.  


The world cosumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 - mining regions supply the raw materials for the future. Icon Mining is spatially concentrated, often in low density economies - linkages with local economies vary considerably.
Icon  The Localised costs of extractive industries - environmental externalities, land use conflicts, and inequalities need to be mitigated.  icon Mining regions must have proactive strategies to manage the commodity cycle (investment, production; transition, and closure.
icon Mining and extractive industries can deliver significant benefits through jobs, investment and technological innovation. icon
Mining Regions and cities are key in contributing to the SDGs - Climate Action (SDG 13), Responsible Consumption (SDG12), Decent Work & Economic Growth (SDG8) and Reduced Inequalities (SDG10)



 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 

Partners and Participants
National and Sub-National Governments, Cities, Universities and Research Institutes, Industry Representation, Indigenous Representatives and Non-Governmental Organizations from the following countries:

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Event Case Studies and Thematic Work


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OECD Mining Regions and Cities Workshop Seville, Andalucía, Spain

In October 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. 

>> Please find the summary record here

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

The 3rd OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities was held in Skellefteä, Sweden in June 2019. The event in Skelleftea focused 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?



Pre-conference record


All relevant information concerning the event (agenda, speakers, logistics) can be found on the event website here


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.



The proceedings of the event can be found here including the outcomes of a pre-conference that helped define the forward plan for the OECD Mining Regions and Cities initiative.


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.


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.

Click here for OECD Mining Regions and Cities Case Study: Policy Highlights Outokumpu and North Karelia, Finland


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.

Discussion 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.

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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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