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Resourcing Future Generations White Paper

Resourcing Future Generations White Paper

Resourcing Future Generations (RFG) is an IUGS initiative aimed at meeting the multigenerational needs for raw materials, energy and water while ensuring social equity. To do that requires four fundamental actions by the geoscience community:

  1. comprehensive evaluation and quantification of 21st century supply and demand;
  2. enhanced understanding of the subsurface as it relates to resource deposits;
  3. assessment of where new resources are likely to be found; and
  4. building needed and advanced skills capacity, particularly in lesser developed nations, to discover and responsibly develop mineral resources.

The broad concept is that RFG will last about a decade and be an umbrella activity under which a range of new activities related to securing the raw materials, energy and water resources required by future generations can be developed, coordinated and funded. It will provide a bridge between industry, academia and national geological surveys, and other Unions within ICSU will be invited to participate.

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Resourcing Future Generations White Paper: Mineral Resources and Future Demand

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About the Authors

Edmund Nickless, Executive Secretary, The Geological Society, London, UK Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director for Minerals and Waste, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK Larry Meinert, Program Coordinator Mineral Resources, United States Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, US Damien Giurco, Associate Professor, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia Steve Mohr, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia Anna Littleboy, Program Leader: Resources, Community and the Environment, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Brisbane, Australia


Nickless, E., Bloodworth, A., Meinert, L., Giurco, D., Mohr, S., Littleboy, A. Resourcing Future Generations White Paper: Mineral Resources and Future Supply. International Union of Geological Sciences. 2014.