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UNECE brings resource classification to Mongolia

Interest in the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC) as a tool for natural resource management continues to grow worldwide. The practical application of UNFC in classifying resources such as coal, uranium, thorium, oil and gas in energetic basins will be the focus of an Interregional training course in Mongolia next week. Government experts for resource classification from Argentina, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam, Uganda and Zambia, will convene in Ulaanbaatar from 16–19 August to gain a better understanding of energetic basins and the practical application of UNFC. The training course will offer them an invaluable opportunity to share experiences in using UNFC and other aligned systems for the estimation of energy resources.

Organized jointly by UNECE and the International Atomic Energy Agency in collaboration with the Mongolian Ministry of Mining, the training course will focus on a series of case studies and live exercises on applying UNFC to current projects. The participants will learn how integrated development of energetic basins can be well managed.

Sustainable development depends on having a social licence for any mining or processing project. Being awarded a social licence demands a contemporary resource classification system that allows the efficient management and effective, transparent comparison of all energy commodities, from nuclear fuels to petroleum to renewable sources. UNFC as a medium for social licensing and stakeholder communications will be explained and debated.

For more information on UNFC and/or the Expert Group on Resource Classification, please visit: http://www.unece.org/energy/se/reserves.html and/or contact Charlotte Griffiths, UNECE Sustainable Energy Division (reserves.energy@unece.org / tel: +41 22 917 1988).