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Strategy and decision support

Material flow analysis comprise a powerful tool for assisting decision making at different levels (e.g. corporate, national ,regional level) and for addressing different needs (e.g. criticality and supply disruption, environmental implications, resource efficiency, forecast scenarios, system optimisation). Its usefulness (able to address different needs) and flexibility (e.g. temporal, spatial variation is possible) suggests that it can greatly enhance the work of decision makers. However, several challenges exist that need to be addressed to enable the successful use of MFA in decision making.

Challenges for the uptake of the common MFA methodology:

  1. Data challenges (also discussed under data & systems)
  2. Lack of financial resources for the uptake of the common MFA methodology
  3. Skills, expertise and education support
  4. Poor understanding of the benefits of MFA
  5. Engagement at global level is complicated
  6. No long term push or pull actions to support the integration of MFA approaches in decision making.

The common MFA methodology will demonstrate the benefits of the approach followed and identify potential areas for implementation. Engagement with decision makers will take place to gather their views for the support they are seeking from the proposed MFA framework, but also for informing them of areas of concern and challenges that require strategy or policy interventions. The development of specific case studies on the material use in low-carbon technologies will provide examples of the support that the proposed framework can provide to decision making.

The provision of recommendations to address the aforementioned challenges, but also to support the uptake of the common MFA methodology will be provided in the MinFuture roadmap.


Leaders and other change agents from government, business, research and NGOs will talk about how to accelerate the Resource Revolution. The World Resource Forum (WRF) 2017 is open to key stakeholders and offers first-hand information about emerging issues, global trends, progress and innovation in resources and raw materials management.

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