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Towards a New Approach for Minerals Stewardship

Jamie Kneen Communications and Outreach Coordinator responsible for: strategic research, social media, and public engagement; our Africa program, environmental assessment, and uranium mining.

Canadian mineral policy and regulations currently favour an old economic model that maximizes the extraction and use of virgin resources. A more progressive stewardship approach could reduce the generation of waste, reduce sector-wide energy demand, increase recycling and re-use and result in more economic and social benefits from metal products. There are examples emerging from the European Union and the work of analysts like Rocky Mountain Institute that suggest that alternatives are as possible as they are urgent.

In response to this challenge, the Mineral Efficiency Research Group (MERG) – linked with the Polis Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria – has launched the Canadian Mineral Efficiency Initiative to promote integrated stewardship policies and practices for Canada. The first phase, now underway, will include publishing a collection of strategic essays from key players in the sector. The second phase, during the winter of 2003/2004, will involve solutions-oriented forums to identify practical steps forward.

For more information contact Alan Young, Director, Mineral Efficiency Research Group, via e-mail: alan.young@sympatico.ca.