INTRODUCTION TO MIN-NOVATION
REGIONAL NETWORKSBALTIC NETWORKTHE STATE OF THE MINING WASTE SECTOR IN THE BALTIC SEA REGIONINNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
MIN-NOVATION stands for the Mining and Mineral Processing Waste Management Innovation Network. The maintheme of this project is the
management of mining and mineral processing waste
, which means that the topicsaddressed span a very broad range of non-renewable natural resources, from rare earth metals through coal and oilshale as well as all the way to oil. The essential objective in MIN-NOVATION is to
create a framework for discussionand action
. To accomplish this, each region has set up and runs a MIN-NOVATION regional network (MRN), which hassought to engage stakeholders and make progress on issues of local andregional importance.
The present newsletter profiles collaboration efforts in each of theMIN-NOVATION regions, highlighting specific challenges whichthe MIN-NOVATION partners have already started to address.
There is also an international dimension to the work of the MRNs, namelythe MIN-NOVATION Baltic network (MBN). The MBN looks for common linksbetween regions, and in 2012 will focus on exploring possible
.The diagram on the right shows the feedback mechanism between theMRNs and the MBN.The project partnership has completed several Baltic Sea-level activities which help understand and assess the sector.A
Baltic SWOT analysis
set out what issues are region-specific and which ones are shared amongst 2 or moreregions. The
Baltic business database
, available online via the project website, is a searchable tool which gives asolid statistical overview of the businesses involved in the recovery, recycling and re-use of mining waste and landreclamation.
The report on mining waste management
reviews the legal, economic and social aspects related tomanaging waste as a business activity.Since access to innovation is one of the cornerstones of any sustainable sector, the project partners, in particularuniversities, are actively engaged in looking for ways to bring innovative ideas closer to businesses. A starting pointhas been the
, an online survey of state-of-the-art technologies used in practice or beingtested by universities and other research organisations. Another is the launching of
4 pilot investments in Sweden,Estonia, Finland and Poland
planned for 2012 and 2013.