NordMin 2013-2017

A Nordic Network of Expertise for a Sustainable Mining and Mineral Industry Final Report

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NordMin started in 2013 as a project under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers with the aim to strengthen Nordic collaboration for a sustainable Mining and Minerals industry in the Nordic countries. NordMin was initiated by the Swedish chairmanship of the Nordic Council as a strategic initiative with a duration of 4 years. The project management has been hosted by Luleå University of Technology and a number of activities have been rolled out over the last few years. The aim of this report is to give a brief overview of NordMin activities and also to draw some final conclusions on what has been achieved in terms of a closer Nordic collaboration within the field and how we can benefit from this in the future.




Based on the experience from the management of NordMin, the work with the Steering committee, advisory board, national coordinators and backed up by the external evaluation, some conclusions and recommendations can be made regarding the NordMin project, its executions and potential for further Nordic collaboration. As stated in the external evaluation report, the concept of NordMin is new and “in many respects, an untested model”. This project was unique in its setup and funding model through the priority budget by the Swedish Presidency when entering into office in 2013. In the early work with finding the organisational structure, one idea was to establish a Nordic institute for raw materials. For various reasons this did not materialise, but given the importance of raw materials for the future society, not least with respect to many green technologies for emerging sustainable energy, transport and urbanised society solutions, a joint Nordic initiative over time has its merits. All Nordic countries are ranked highly in their ambitions for finding sustainable solutions for the future, there is a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurships and when the Arctic is high on the political agenda a joint Nordic action is called for.


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