The brief presents key discussion items and main findings from the June 2017 Workshop in Vienna. In order to tackle challenges such as insufficient information flows or lacking data availability, a (more) systemic understanding of global mineral raw material flows is needed. Mapping the system context and making data/information gaps explicit will help identifying possible improvements.
Indicators are essential means to quantify the state of complex systems. To make indicators meaningful they have to be linked to ecological, economic, or political goals. It is mandatory that there is a strong correlation between indicators and goals. Indicators should be reliable and robust. If an indicator is determined on a regular basis then it can serve to control the goal-orientation of measures. However, indicators alone do not provide information about the system itself. They rather deliver a result but not the reason for it.
Existing indicators for raw material use and management will be compiled and analysed against a set of criteria determined by MinFuture partners like life cycle stage, criticality or environmental and social aspects.
Several resource related indicators are available. They should be tested against significance, coverage, reliability, etc. and the most useful ones should be selected and routinely implemented in resource policy and management. It is important that indicators are based on sound scientific and technical systems/models. The knowledge and understanding of the system is essential - only then the validity of the indicators can be regularly checked.