Minerals and Mining in the Philippines Scoping Workshop

27 January 2020

The Natural Environmental Research Council, UK Research and Innovation (NERC, UKRI) and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and emerging Technology research and development (DOST-PCIEERD), invites applications to attend a scoping workshop on a Potential Philippines-UK Collaborative Research Programme on Minerals and Mining in the Philippines.

The scoping workshop for this potential Philippines-UK Collaborative Research Programme will be held in the Philippines on 1st-5th March (2020) and we are now inviting applications to attend this event by using the online registration form. Registration for this event will close at 16:00 on 7th February; however, we encourage applicants to register as soon as possible to assist with logistical planning and due to limitations on the number of spaces available. If the event is oversubscribed, the funders reserve the right to manage attendance to ensure an appropriate balance of expertise and institutional representation. Whilst the venue is still to be confirmed, we anticipate that the workshop will be held in the Province of Palawan and expect to advise applicants on whether their application to attend this event is successful on 10th February.

The Philippines is the fifth most mineral-rich country in the world for gold, nickel, copper and chromite. Despite the abundance of mineral deposits, mining remains a controversial issue in the Philippines and only 3 percent of the 9 million hectares identified by the state as having high mineral reserves is mined. This workshop thus aims to bring together an interdisciplinary community of UK and Philippine researchers and stakeholders to clearly articulate the challenges affecting the Philippines mining sector and to explore the scope of a potential new research programme into resilient, sustainable mining in the Philippines. We expect that the focus of this workshop will broadly include (but is not limited to) the following areas:

- The impacts of past/current mining practices, potentially including (but not limited to):

•    Land use change and landscape fragmentation

•    Ecosystem effects and recovery

•    Biodiversity

•    Environmental contaminants and their effects on human health

•    Air and water quality

-  The abiotic and biotic factors that inform mining practice

- New, innovative, less invasive techniques and practices for mineral discovery, processing (at all stages) and extraction

- The evidence and data needed to inform policy and regulatory decisions on the sustainability of mining in the Philippines.

In addition to discussions around the scope of a potential new programme area, there will also be time for networking and relationship building to facilitate new links between the UK and Philippine research communities in environmental science research and the development of new technology.

We welcome applications from individuals with research and innovation expertise that aligns to the broad scope of the workshop and particularly encourage applications from individuals who additionally have a strong background/expertise in conducting research of this nature internationally (with the Philippines or otherwise).  Individuals that would be interested in submitting a proposal to a potential future Philippines-UK Collaborative Research Programme of this nature are encouraged to apply, however attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal.

NERC-UKRI will reimburse essential travel and subsistence costs to support all attendance at the workshop within UKRI’s limits. Note that first class travel is not permitted and taxi fares can only be claimed in exceptional circumstances where there is no practical alternative. Details on how workshop attendees can apply for essential travel and subsistence costs will be circulated before the workshop. Further details of the workshop agenda will also be circulated to delegates prior to the meeting.

The closing date for this event was 7th February 2020 and participants have now been selected. A list of participants is available below.

This meeting took place in March 2020. The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found below.