Low-value, low-conflict? Mining 'neglected' development minerals

Date: 5 December 2017

Venue: UAntwerp - City Campus - Building R - R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS, IOB

Short description: Debate between Daniel Franks (UNDP, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme) and Charlotte Christiaens (CATAPA)

About the debate

Sand and gravel may not be as glamorous as diamonds or gold, but these ‘neglected’ development minerals are crucial industrial materials and are, in fact, the most mined commodities in the world.

Despite being low-value, ‘neglected’ minerals thus have enormous potential to contribute to economic growth in developing countries, while avoiding the high levels of conflict that have historically plagued high-value mining industries such as diamonds.

Yet large-scale extraction of sand, gravel, and other low-value minerals can also have pernicious environmental effects, or lead to the formation of ‘sand cartels’. How can low-value mineral mining remain low-conflict while contributing to larger development goals?

Moderated by Sara Geenen (IOB - UAntwerp)

Entrance fee: For free

Registration: Via website

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