The deployment of effective project development methodologies, extraction and processing systems and logistics processes are critical to sustainable development of a nation’s minerals and energy resources. Much of the technology and expertise to achieve this are not resident within developing nations. Regulators, educational institutions and other industry stakeholders need an understanding of leading practice in these areas across the mining life cycle in order to implement effective governance systems for resource developments in their countries.

A critical factor for the development of a mining industry which contributes to a country’s development outcomes is the generation and management of public knowledge of mineral and energy resources. This includes the generation of exploration information, supervision of exploration processes and oversight of sustainable resources management by relevant government agencies, using appropriate knowledge, technology and tools.