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Post-mining and legacy issues present challenges around the globe that can be turned into opportunities for new ventures, collaborations, and innovations to create value from waste and contribute to sustainable and circular mining practices.
Against this backdrop, this webinar presented current initiatives from around the world bringing fresh ideas, tangible innovations, and new forms of collaboration to the field of post-mining. A special focus was placed on showing opportunities for collaboration and participation by German supplier and service companies.
Almost 100 participants from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia followed the experts’ presentations and the following panel discussion.
Dr Jens Krumb, from the Geological Survey Freiberg, presented the NIRUBIS project and an optimized approach to turn waste into value. Fiona Halsam McKenzie from the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) provided information on building collaborative partnerships to sustainably transform regions after mine closure. Afterwards, Yannic Weiss from AHK Chile spoke about the project EcoMiningConcepts, which aims to link German and Chilean actors in sustainable mining more closely. Dr Sebastian Fingerhuth from the Catholic University of Valparaíso presented the STINGS project and the Tailing Academic Group as examples of successful cooperations between Chilean universities and German companies. Finally, Dr Tobias Rudolph from the Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences (THGA) spoke about geomonitoring in post-mining to sustainably manage the impacts of mining.
The dynamic question and answer sessions and panel discussion after the technical presentations highlighted the great interest in topics such as collaboration opportunities for German companies in the presented initiatives, the financing of projects and current opportunities and challenges in post-mining.
In times of increasing information density, breathtaking acceleration and international pressure to innovate, rapid access to information and business contacts can provide decisive competitive advantages. The German Mining Network (GMN) offers German companies in Germany and abroad fast and uncomplicated access to information, partners and business contacts in relevant commodity markets. As an international network in the field of international markets for non-energy mineral raw materials, it contributes significantly to cross-border knowledge and contact management and to the targeted support of German companies in the raw materials sector.