Project Title

APEC Study on Innovative Mining Industry for Sustainable Growth 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

PPSTI 04 2017A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPSTI 04 2017A 

Project Title

APEC Study on Innovative Mining Industry for Sustainable Growth 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Mining 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

80,000 

Co-funding Amount

74,600 

Total Project Value

154,600 

Sponsoring Forum

APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) 

Topics

Science and Technology 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

31/10/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Ye Jiaolong (new PO wef 26 April 2018) 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Engineering and Technology Research Center, Sichuan Institute of Nuclear Geology 

Postal Address 1

Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, 610052, China 

Telephone 1

86-28 86328040 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

yjl051766@163.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ma Chanhua (new PO wef 26 April 2018) 

Job Title 2

Engineer 

Organization 2

King Herald Mining Co 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

mchchengdu@163.com 

Declaration

Ye Jiaolong and Ma Chanhua 

Project Summary

S&T Innovation and policy tools enables mining industry to generate new dynamism for sustainable and innovative growth. This project, jointly hosted engineers and entrepreneurs will convene experts from public and private sectors to identify a categorized list of technologies and policy tools (enabling toolbox), which provides reference for innovative, sustainable and inclusive mining. 

Based on China’s domestic case study on upgrading Sichuan gold mines by introducing new technologies, building social license and knowledge capacity with S&T communication, and promoting economic growth by developing tourism and characterized local businesses, the project will conduct comparative study and a seminar will be held in second half of 2018 in Sichuan, China.

The project overseers and majority of the team are women engineers/entrepreneurs. Gender issue will be properly  addressed.

Relevance

Mining industry is at the front-line of transformation by science technology and innovation. Innovative and sustainable growth of mining industry is a long-time undergoing process in many APEC members.

This project aims to study and share best practices, to identify enabling new technologies and policy tools which transforms traditional mining industry into new dynamism of sustainable and innovative growth. Policy recommendations based on existing best practices will be developed. Experts from both public and private sectors will be invited to establish a STI and policy toolbox, which will enhance capacity building for participants in transforming and upgrading mining with both STI and social approaches.

The project will offer sustained support for members, not only by enhancing connectivity of mining industry, but also by providing a platform for innovation technology and policy dialogue for mining industry.

Objectives

1)  To identify enabling technologies and policy tools which will help economies to develop sustainable, innovative and inclusive mining. The project focuses on small-scale mining to collect and analyze best practices of technologies and policies in soil characterization, ecological remediation, cultural acceptance, and community development;

2) To build capacity in combining social (STI communication, education, communities, etc) and STI approaches (new technologies, innovation, etc) in upgrading and transforming mining industries, with case study of best practices in China and other economies; and

3) To develop policy recommendations and share best practices among participants, PPSTI, MTF and APEC member  economies.

Alignment

This projects respond to MRM ministers meeting in 2014, which calls for “creating an enabling environment for scientific and technological innovation” and “formulating and implementing policies favorable to innovation”, since technologies and policies are its key focuses.

The project also conforms to the AMM Joint Statement (Lima, 2016) which “encourages endeavors to use Science, Technology and Innovation, to face challenges and create opportunities in the region” and “supports Research and Innovation Policy Dialogues to exchange best practices and information and to formulate science and technology policy recommendations”.

By building capacity and promoting closer cooperation of the mining sector in the Asia-Pacific Region, the project supports 2017 APEC priorities of “Fostering sustainable Innovative and Inclusive Growth” and“Deepening Economic Integration”.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project is focused on building capacity in both the private and public sector through provision of experience-based best practice tools and policy approaches. Cosponsored by Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Thailand, it will highlight awareness and accessibility of policy and technology tools. The PO team assumes that the best tools for APEC capacity building are not necessarily advanced, but must be easy to aware and ready to access. Participants and speakers from developing economies, including the PO team, will share views about this assumption and build a tailor-made and useful toolbox, which is accessible and adaptable for APEC members, especially for developing economies, to build capacity in sustainable and innovative mining. For example, the project will analyze the setup and performance of a local regulation, developed from general Science Advisory practices, which allows senior mining engineer to join the city board as one of the decision makers. It’s more accessible in developing economies/regions, where science advisory system may not be strong and effective. Drone based disaster early warning system for small mines will be an example of tailor-made technology, which is particularly useful where remote sensing is less accessible.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: A seminar will be held in China, with participants from both public and private sector to share best practices of technology and policy innovation in mining industry. The 3-day seminar includes:

a) case study of a China self-funded case of transforming traditional mines to sustainable and innovative example by using easy to access technologies and social communication;

b) best practice sharing of technology innovation (which technologies work?);

c) best practice sharing of policy innovation (which policies work?); and

d) discussion on policy recommendations.

PO team plans to co-chair the seminar with Australia and Chile, in respect to their strength and representativeness in Mining Industry. PO team plan to focus the seminar on three specific topics related to small-mines: Security, Ecology and Community development. This set-up may be improved by project steering committee.

Policy recommendations will be developed in the implementation of the project. The recommendations will focus on how to create new dynamism in mining industry by technology and policy innovation. The PO team plans to develop the recommendations from three perspectives:

a) Technology Awareness and Accessibility

b) Policy Performance and Inclusiveness

c) Synergy of Technology and Policy Innovation

One project report, including a list of technology and policy best practices will be developed, with above mentioned policy recommendations as annex, and will be presented and improved on PPSTI and MTF meeting and seek for co-endorsement.

An action plan to enhance cross-fora collaboration between PPSTI and MTF will be proposed by the PO team for information to PPSTI and MTF. It will prioritize the technologies and policies collected by the seminar and call for follow-up or sister events in future.

Outcomes: The seminar is first cross-fora actions by PPSTI and MTF in innovative and sustainable mining. By putting together views from innovators and mining stakeholders, it is expected to inspire stronger connectivity and more frequent dialogues between engineers (either from research institution or from private sector) and policy makers in mining industry.

In medium-term, participants from different economies will expand their connections, sharing their domestic expertise and experience in APEC region, and will be enabled to become active players in cross-border mining innovation cooperation. The POs are young (under 40) and enthusiastic, they will also help develop a network of young professionals, starting from the young participants to the seminar, to encourage young people to play an more active role in mining transformation.

The list of best practices (champion technologies and policies) developed by this project will be useful references for members’ respective capacity building in medium-term, and when endorsed, will be put on APEC website as access-free online publication. It will raise the awareness of technology’s role in policy making and help align the vision and scope of mining technology innovation with policy making.

The policy recommendations will be reported to PPSTI and MTF. The PO team will stay as member in PPSTI and continue to assist the adoption of policy recommendations by members. The PO team also will benefit from PPSTI and MTF to further develop their domestic case in Sichuan, where upgrading traditional mining industry is set to be a long-time priority for local development. 

The action plan for cross-fora collaboration will be a reference for PPSTI and MTF’s decision on joint actions/study/publication in medium term too. The PO team will continue to be one of the linkages between the two fora.

Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries of the seminar are participants and speakers nominated by PPSTI and MTF members, who are expected to be policy makers, engineers and entrepreneurs in mining industry. They will have in-depth discussion and on-field visit (depending on climate condition in mountainous region) of PO team’s case study on how China transforms its mining industry into a new dynamism for innovative sustainable and inclusive growth.

Government policy makers, particularly in all APEC developing member economies, are primary target beneficiaries of the project report. PO team will invite PPSTI and MTF to help disseminate the project report, after improved and endorsed, to policy makers. PPSTI could use the report as reference in aligning research and innovation activities with the demand of sustainable mining, while MTF could use policy recommendations as references in coordinated actions for promoting sustainable and innovative mining in APEC region.

PO team, mainly composed by young women engineers and entrepreneurs and other women participants will also benefit from the project by building capacity in international cooperation and enhancing connectivity. This project will give priority to women participants, to assist women in mining industry to take increasingly important role in promoting technology and policy innovation.

Research based enterprises will benefit from this project as private sector. The project will help them understand better market demand from mining industry. The project will avoid advertising for particular technology or product, but will analyze case studies to inspire private sector to develop more accessible and adaptable product and services for sustainable mining.

Dissemination

The project report, in electronic form, when improved and endorsed by PPSTI and MTF, will be put on “publication” section of APEC website. The report will be in four parts (subject to improvements by consultation with project participants):

a) Project Background and summary of China’s case study

b) Seminar report developed from presentations and discussions, focusing on case study in other economies

c) List, or mapping, of enabling technologies and policies with brief introduction and evaluation

d) Recommendations for future actions and policy making 

The executive summary of the project report in printing (100 copies, self-funded) will be used for project participants’ reference and dissemination on PPSTI/MTF meetings. The primary target is seminar participants, PPSTI and MTF members. Other target audiences are policy makers, entrepreneurs and engineers in mining industry in APEC members. 

The PO team for now does not have strong international connections other than APEC to further disseminate the report, but will invite co-sponsors to help establish connections as soon as joint steering committee is set up. 

There is no intention to sell outputs and all publications and communication materials will comply with APEC guidelines.

Gender

PO team will prioritize female nominations to meet our target goal of 30% of female participants. 

Female experts with STEM expertise be part of the project steering committee and hold talk at the seminar. 

Also, since both POs are women engineers and majority of their team is composed by women, the seminar and other activities of this project will be gender-friendly in details. For example, depending on nominations, an informal side event for women in mining industry will be held during the seminar, in forms of ice-breaking cocktail or talks. The PO team and women participants will have the opportunity to share their personal story of career development in mining industry. 

The project outputs intends to highlight women’s increasing role in engineering technology innovation and policy innovation, by underlining both technological and social approach are both important elements in policy making for mining industry. The project will also help increase women engineers networking and connectivity among APEC members.

Work Plan

Time

Task

Deliverables

Nov 2017 - Dec 2018

Establish Joint Steering Committee

The JSC will be composed by experts nominated by China and 7 co-sponsoring economies

ToR and namelist of JSC

Dec 2018 - Jan 2018

Development of Background papers on China’s case study

Background paper

Jan 2018 - Feb 2018

PO team will present the project on PPSTI 11 (Jan 25-27) and launch call for best technologies and policies.

Presentations on MTF will be coordinated with MTF China team (assumed during SOM1 otherwise will be presented by email circulation)

PPT presentations on PPSTI and MTF meeting

Feb 2018 - May 2018

PO team will develop first draft of toolbox and seminar agenda based on comments from PPSTI and MTF.

First draft of toolbox and draft agenda of Seminar

May 2018 –Aug 2018

Preparation of the seminar, call for nominations

Administrative Circular

Aug 2018 - Sep 2018

APEC seminar on Innovative Mining for Sustainable Growth will be held in China. PO team will invite 6 APEC funded speakers and 2 participants from each member economy, one nominated by PPSTI and one by MTF. The seminar will last for 3 days and field visit will be arranged on the 3rd day.

Seminar

Oct 2018 – Dec 2018

Develop project report and policy recommendations. The project report will be drafted by JSC and the will be circulated in PPSTI and MTF for improvements and endorsement. Printed reports will be prepared and send to JSC members, seminar participants and speakers.

Project Report

Risks

1)  Unbalanced participation of engineers and policy makers. Inadequate participation of either engineers or policy makers will be considered as risk. When inviting nominations, priority will be given to engineers for PPSTI and policy makers for MTF. This will be made clear when presenting the project and inviting nominations. The PO team will attend both PPSTI meetings in 2018 as delegates, and intend to attend at least one of the MTF meetings to present the project and invite nominations.

If risk remains, or there’s low participation from member economies, the PO team will also use existing network to suggest nominations and invite self-funded participants. For example, Chinese Academy of Sciences could suggest nominations with their strong academic connections and MTF China team could help suggest nominations of policy makers. Connections will be coordinated by PPSTI China focal point in this case.

2)  Uncertainty of field visits. The case-study mining site is located in mountainous region, and may be difficult to access due to climatecondition. The PO team will plan one optional site for field visit.

3) Both POs are young engineers and their international experience and network are not strong. PPSTI China focal point with assist and follow every step of the project implementation as their project champion. The PO team will also keep close contact with Secretariat to ensure the project is in line with APEC regulations.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will collect feedback from JSC members, PPSTI and MTF on background paper, draft outcome paper and project report. Seminar speakers’ profile will also be collected and put in the report. Gender impacts will be measured by presence and quality of policy recommendations related to gender issue in the report, also percentage of women participation in seminar. 

The PO team will collect above information by attending PPSTI/MTF meetings, pre-seminar and post-seminar surveys and telephone/internet meeting of JSC. Comments and thoughts on background paper and report will be collected by email and interviews.

The indicators for evaluation are:

a)  Primary indicator: Number/percentage of policy recommendations co-endorsed by PPSTI and MTF (target value 6/100%) Number of technology ools (target value 6) Number of policy tools (target value 6)

b) Secondary indicator: Seminar participants analysis, including percentage of engineers and policy makers (target value 50%), percentage of female (target value 30%), percentage of participating economies (target value 14)

c) Mid-term indicator(1-2 years after project completion): Number of joint project concept note proposed by PPSTI and MTF as follow up of this project or taking this project as reference (target value 2)

d) Long-term indicator (1-5 years after project completion): Number of policy recommendation taken by member economies in practice (target value 2).

Linkages

This project is designed as a cross-fora collaboration between PPSTI and MTF. It combines PPSTI’s strength in STI Policy with MTF’s in-depth connection to mining industry. Should be successfully endorsed it would be the first PPSTI-MTF funded project in recent years.

This project also responds to PPSTI-HRDWG’s joint call for enhanced collaboration among government, academia and industry, and PPSTI-ABAC’s call on enhancing participation of businesses to policy making.

This project also echoes PPWE’s actions in promoting the integration of women in technology innovation, particularly from engineering perspective.

This is the first PPSTI and MTF cross fora project and there’s no previous project with close relevance. The PO team intends to inspire follow up projects and closer cooperation in this regard.

Sustainability

As next steps of this project, the PO team will collect thoughts on follow-up initiatives from participants by surveys and interviews and report to PPSTI/MTF for information. Future initiatives include accessible and innovative technology contest, comparison study of policies in different economies, and measurement analysis of innovation’s impact.

The PO team will encourage and support seminar participants to develop new APEC project proposals on new initiatives as mentioned above. PO team will jointly sponsor or cosponsor concept notes of follow up projects or sister projects co-endorsed by PPSTI and MTF.                                                                     

Also, after project completion, the POs will keep in touch with seminar participants and continue to participate in PPSTI meetings or events, as PPSTI China members. The project outcomes and their updates will be regularly reported to PPSTI’s Innovation Ecosystem sub-group in PPSTI meetings until new PPSTI-MTF projects are established. The PO team also intends to coordinate with MTF China Team to participate future MTF meetings or events as China delegates/speakers.

Project Overseers

1) Ms. Liu Fang, young engineer graduated from Southwest University of Science and Technology in 2010. She is recently promoted as director of Research and Engineering Department of Sichuan Institute of Nuclear Geology, leading a young and enthusiastic engineer team in frontier innovation work, such as mineral resources exploration, geologic hazard monitoring and early warning and UAV application services. Her career experience is focused on transforming engineer research results into products. 

2) Ms. Peng Mali is a young geo-science researcher, graduated from China University of Geosciences. Sponsored by China’s domestic research program, she was the principal investigator of a local project, aiming at upgrading the traditional mines in remote and mountainous area, where she developed on-field experiences in combining both technological and social approaches. She is now a member in PPSTI China team. 

3) Mr. Ma Leju, focal point of PPSTI China, is the project champion and primary contact of this project. He is well experienced in promoting international STI cooperation and has been stationed in Rome for seven years as Science Secretary in Chinese embassy. He is now working in China Science and Technology Exchange Center, a public agency under Ministry of Science.and Technology.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A Joint Steering Committee secretary/ project assistant will be contracted for cleric work. 

The main duty includes: 

--assist with communications between JSC members and PO office (40% duty) 

--draft administrative circular, briefing notes and other documents used for development of project outcome (30% duty)

--assist with the creation of best practice datasheets in excel form (10% duty) 

--assist with preparation of seminar and teleconferences (15% duty)

--other cleric assistance requested by PO team (5% duty) 

The assistant will be contacted for 800 hours and work on full-day basis.

An institution will be contracted for event management of the project, with main duties: 

--collaborate with Chengdu’s domestic agencies for hosting Seminar, includes airport, Hosting Venue, Protocol, Volunteering, IT (30% duty) 

--support drafting and dissemination of administrative circular, seminar briefing, executive summary, press release and other documents related to the event (25% duty) 

--act as primary contact for Seminar participants regarding logistic issues (20% duty) 

--be responsible for operational issues of the seminar and related activities like JCM tel-conference and field visit (15% duty) 

--guide and manage the service team (transport, IT, volunteers, note-taking, etc) of the seminar (10% duty) 

Waivers

Field visit (LP1):  The project is developed based on a case study of Chinas Ruoergai mining area, which is under transformation by innovation technologies, like drones, and innovation policies, like science advisory in governance.  A field visit to the mining area will help seminar participants understand better the case example, by seeing how technologies is in use and by talking to the local governors and residents. 

The site is in mountainous region out of Chengdu city. The field-visit will be optional to seminar participants, and is largely depend on weather condition. An optional field visit to Chengdu-nearby research/demo facility or traditional mining sites will be provided, if weather condition is considered risky by PO team. Transportation to field-visit will be self-funded by using PO team’s company vehicles and company driver, who is more experienced with the route, but volunteering and organization of meetings, dialogues, and visiting agenda will be managed by the contracted insititution above mentioned in Note 1. PO team considers filed-visit in this project will improve project effectiveness and is an essential part of this project.


 [LP1]The request to fund field trips/site visits is subject to providing a justification as per Chapter 9-60 of the Guidebook on APEC Projects.  Please provide the justification to the Program Director for approval during implementation.   PO has advised the transportation costs to/from the field site will be self-funded.  PO to also note that the 75% Additional Payment accorded to APEC-funded travelers covers only travel insurance.  Insurance to cover risks associated with accessing the site are not funded by APEC.  Please ensure this is mentioned in the Administrative Circular for the project event.

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