RESOURCING FUTURE GENERATIONS: THE CHALLENGES
General priorities for resourcing future generations include:
- Comprehensive evaluation of future global mineral resources, demand and supply for selected commodities, to provide enhanced information on which commodities are of concern post 2030.
- Enhanced information on the uppermost crust, particularly through geophysical studies, for more effective delineation of subsurface mineral, energy and water resources, managing wastes and assessing environmental condition.
- Modern evaluations of resource potential in under-explored and historical mining regions to guide future exploration.
- Building capacity, institutions and infrastructure for more effective exploration and development in poorer countries, including training in good governance and socio-economic considerations.
IUGS is scoping a major initiative to address the challenges in securing natural resources for the very long term. The scale will be regional (pre-competitive), the coverage global and the duration about ten years. It is intended that interested groups from governments, universities, and companies around the world will collaborate, and that integrated systems research will draw on advances in sensor systems, data management and computing power.