Challenge the practice is addressing: Clarifying across Europe whether policy makers and permitting authorities believe that minerals policy and legislation complement one another or if changes need to be made.
Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: Regarding coherence between the 3 domains, the links between mineral policy/legislation and land use planning are either not present or not made explicit. Regarding the spatial differentiation of responsibilities, in both domains of mineral resources and land use planning, responsibilities are not automatically allocated at the national and regional level. Looking at legislation, nearly all countries have developed a national legislation on mineral resources, land use planning and environment while only a few countries (Italy, Spain and Austria) have also developed legislation at the regional level.
Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? Policy makers and permitting authorities