Welcome to the International Raw Materials Observatory

Fostering global collaboration in mineral raw materials’ research & innovation

Promoting diplomacy, dialogue & independent expert analysis

Welcome to the International Raw Materials Observatory, a non-profit international association dedicated to fostering global collaboration in mineral raw materials’ research and innovation.

We provide information about best international practices, latest economic research, advanced data analytics and scenario studies, to inform strategic raw materials strategies and contribute to the sustainable development of the raw materials sector.

Our Focus Areas

Research & Innovation: We facilitate worldwide cooperation on cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of mineral raw materials.

Education & Outreach: The Observatory is committed to promoting knowledge exchange and outreach activities to enhance awareness and understanding of critical raw materials.

Industry & Trade: We actively engage in dialogues and independent expert analyses to advance industry practices, trade relations, and market dynamics in the mineral raw materials sector.

Recycling, Management & Substitution: With a focus on sustainability, we advocate responsible recycling practices and explore strategies for effective management and substitution of strategic raw materials.

Intraw Observatory

Our services

Reports & Factsheets

on mineral raw materials

A World Barometer

providing periodic reports on opportunities and threats relating to mineral raw materials provision

A Data Repository

offering members access to background information relevant for the raw materials sector

Foresight studies

on sector trends

A platform for dialogues

on mineral raw materials thanks to exclusive high-level summits involving representatives of international intergovernmental organisations

Tools for Advancement

 

Diplomacy, dialogues, independent expert analysis, and foresight serve as our primary tools to drive international cooperation, informed policy-making, and improved governance of mineral raw materials.

Our Core Values

 

The set of values of the International Raw Materials Observatory is built around the concept of an honest broker – acting as an impartial international mediator specialised in the minerals value-webs to support the exchange of best practices and cooperative solutions to shared challenges.

Join us in our mission to shape a sustainable future through responsible management of mineral raw materials. Together, we can build a global community committed to advancing best practices, fostering innovation, and securing the availability of raw materials for generations to come.

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World Barometer N°128 – 15 February 2024

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World Barometer N°127 – 1 February 2024

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World Barometer N°126 – 18 January 2024

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World Barometer N°125 – 4 January 2024

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World Barometer N°124 – 20 December 2023

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World Barometer N°123 – 7 December 2023

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World Barometer N°122 – 23 November 2023

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Ethical Sourcing of Critical Raw Materials, a Key Aspect to Sustainability

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Brussels, 23 November 2023 Responsible Sourcing and Traceability of minerals are pillars of Europe’s energy transition. EU Raw Materials Week, Brussels — As a satellite...

World Barometer N°121 – 9 November 2023

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World Barometer N°120 – 26 October 2023

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World Barometer N°119 – 12 October 2023

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World Barometer N°118 – 28 September 2023

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Workshop: Responsible Sourcing and Traceability of CRM – 14 November 2023

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The International Raw Materials Observatory is joining forces with the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG), an...

INTRAW Scenario Workshop: The World of Raw Materials in 2050

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We were pleased to welcome a highly motivated group of experts keen to review our scenarios on the state of mineral raw materials provision in 2050. Those three...

Summary report from Expert roundtable on UNFC and CRIRSCO standards

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INTRAW, in collaboration with the UNECE, PERC and the European Federation of Geologists recently organised an Expert roundtable on the use of CRIRSCO...

EU Raw Materials Week 2022: Strengthening cooperation with UNECE

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The 2022 edition of the EU Raw Materials Week offered the opportunity to network with policymakers and industry representatives from all over Europe and overseas. It...

Launch of CRM-geothermal project

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The Horizon Europe-funded CRM-geothermal project is developing an innovative technology solution which combines the extraction of critical raw materials and energy from...

The Observatory welcomes ICOG as a new member

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In summer 2022, the Official Spanish Association of Professional Geologists (ICOG) joined the Observatory as a new member. The ICOG was established in 1978. Its basic...

INTRAW partners with RACE 2022

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The Observatory again teamed up with EIT RawMaterials as a media partner of RACE 2022. On this occasion, INTRAW Secretary-General Vitor Correia delivered a talk in...

A New Project Funded By The European Commission Develops EU-Africa Partnerships Ensuring Responsible Sourcing Of Critical Raw Materials For The EU Industry

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The project “Building EU-Africa partnerships on sustainable raw materials value chain”, in short AfricaMaVal, is a project funded by the European Commission that...