Parainen in southwest Finland has a mining history extending at least to the beginning of 17th century resulting in side-by-side coexistence of a large open pit mine, city centre and yacht harbor. Photo: National Land Survey of Finland.

European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) held a workshop on the social acceptance of raw material production. The event was held on 5th of June and gathered  ca. 40 experts representing numerous projects and organisations dealing with various aspects of the matter at hand. Content of the presentations given, both oral and poster, varied from reports of work done and experiences gained to description of work planned in projects in the beginning of their funding period. ORAMA and its planned work was presented with a poster by WP leader Tom Bide from British Geological Survey and project coordinator Perttu Mikkola from Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

The day offered an interesting overview of current activities in this challenging field. Several of the presentations highlighted that there is no simple standard procedure to secure social acceptance. Furthermore the acceptance is gained or lost on local level, rather than on a national level. This is due to regional differences in predominating livelihoods, possibly competing land uses, mining history, population density etc. In addition to high number of variables affecting social acceptance also the data types vary from qualitative to quantitative and from spatial to non-spatial. Therefore estimation of social acceptance and developing “metrics” for it solely on existing data is a challenging task. In ORAMA the work in respect to social acceptance aims to identifying data most relevant for evaluating differences in it in different areas and how it could be better incorporated and represented with the data on the actual resources, for example in the future upgrades of Raw Material Information System (RMIS) maintained and developed by Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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