Participants of the ORAMA 2nd Progress Meeting in Ljubljana (Photo: Pasi Eilu, GTK).

The 2nd Progress Meeting of the ORAMA project was held at the Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) in Ljubljana on 7-8 November 2018. Work package specific planning meetings took place during the first day, and the progress in each WP was presented for the consortium during the second day.

The meeting was opened by Director of the GeoZS highlighting GeoZS’s intense participation in EU-projects, totalling 31 different projects.

WP1 was presented by Tom Bide (BGS). Methods how data on primary raw materials (production, trade, resources&reserves and exploration) are collected in different EU countries were reviewed, based on an EU-wide online survey. The reporting on resources&reserves is very heterogeneous between different countries. Sigurd Heidberg (Petrad) provided information on the NORDIC project. Zoltán Horváth (MBFSZ) presented results on Central European cases of resource reporting. Guidelines and training materials that facilitate the application of interoperability between national and a common EU-wide reporting code will be provided by WP1. The deliverable on recommendations for improvement of statistical data collection methods of primary raw materials is a good base for developing materials for the training workshop that will be organised for stakeholders in 2019.

Michelle Wagner (UNU) presented a draft deliverable on recommendations for improving SRM datasets and harmonisation, compiled in WP2. Less data are available for secondary raw materials than for primary materials, but classification of the SRM is being developed in many forums and platforms. Currently, there is heterogeneity in the usage of terminology of SRM in different Member States.

Daniel Cassard (BRGM) provided the progress of the WP3. This work package deals with data models and demonstration of applicability of data harmonization, mainly based on INSPIRE compliant infrastructure. Within the WP3, data models have been developed for UNFC in INSPIRE compliant environment. Data can be served into web portal by using UNFC or CRIRSCO reportinc codes, but the automatized harmonization is easier from the CRIRSCO to UNFC. Identification codes must be stable during data management and processing interoperability.

Frands Schjoth (GEUS) presented some preliminary results of the WP4 and the next steps regarding the organization of training workshops and webinars. Potential stakeholders to participate the training workshops will be identified in the beginning of 2019 with the help of stakeholder mapping carried out in WP5. The need for a Permanent Body for EU level data management for raw materials was raised again.

In the WP5 presentation, the on-going and past EU-projects concerning primary or secondary resources were introduced. More than 500 projects had been analysed in order to identify the projects most relevant to ORAMA. Among the analysed projects those dealing with secondary raw materials are more frequent than those dealing with primary raw materials, reflecting the importance and emphasis on Circular Economy.

Toni Eerola (GTK) presented the main achievements of WP6 dealing with communication and dissemination. Several international and national forums have served opportunities for discussion and disseminating project results. In addition to project website, social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn have been used for dissemination, and ORAMA poster and flyer have been updated.

In his presentation on WP7, Perttu Mikkola (GTK) focused on issues related to project management and summarized the progress of the project.

On behalf of the community of the European Geological Surveys (EGS), Slavko Solar expressed his welcome regarding the efforts and progress of the ORAMA project. He called attention for the Raw Materials Week in Brussels in November 2018, where a specific section organized by the DG GROW, EGS, UNECE and EFG will address the mineral resource classification.

In addition, Daniel Müller (NTNU) presented the MINFUTURE project and Duska Rokavec (GeoZS) presented the RESEERVE project, in order to facilitate synergies between on-going related projects.

Finally, nearby historical sites and monuments built and decorated with Slovenian dimension stones were visited during a guided urban geology tour in the centre of Ljubljana.

The participants thank the Geological Survey of Slovenia for hospitality and organization of the meeting.

Zoltán Horváth (MBFSZ)