International Raw Materials Observatory

Global cooperation on mineral raw materials

Diplomacy, dialogue & independent expert analysis

Intraw Observatory

The International Raw Materials Observatory is a not for profit international association, created to support worldwide cooperation on mineral raw materials’ research & innovation, education & outreach, industry & trade and recycling, management & substitution of strategic raw materials.

Mineral raw materials are the focus area of the International Raw Materials Observatory and diplomacy, dialogues, independent expert analysis and foresight are the main tools used to advance international cooperation, informed policymaking and better governance of mineral raw materials.

The set of values of the International Raw Materials Observatory is built around the concept of honest broker, acting as an impartial international mediator specialised in the minerals value chain to support international cooperation and exchange of best practice. To ensure its independence, the Observatory combines an offer of exclusive services to members with an offer of services to the marketplace.

Our services

Reports & Factsheets

on mineral raw materials

A World Barometer

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

A Data Repository

offering open 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


World Barometer n°109 – 25 May 2023

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World Barometer n°108 – 11 May 2023

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World Barometer n°107 – 27 April 2023

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INTRAW Scenario Workshop: The World of Raw Materials in 2050

by | Mar 27, 2023 | 2023 | 0 Comments

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

by | Mar 1, 2023 | 2023 | 0 Comments

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

by | Nov 20, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

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

by | Oct 10, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

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

by | Oct 5, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

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

by | Sep 16, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

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

by | Sep 9, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

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

Recording now available: Transatlantic conversation on critical mineral supply chain vulnerability

by | May 10, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

On 26 April 2022, INTRAW co-organised a virtual transatlantic conversation on critical mineral supply chain vulnerability. This high-level event counted on the support...

Addressing critical mineral supply chain vulnerability: A transatlantic conversation

by | Apr 11, 2022 | 2022 | 0 Comments

On 26 April 2022 at 16:00 CEST, the International Raw Materials Observatory in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Center for Critical...

Raw Materials for Future: EU project SCRREEN2 launches awareness campaign for EU citizens

by | Nov 15, 2021 | 2021 | 0 Comments

Press release 15 November 2021, Brussels, Belgium - To raise the awareness of raw materials, the EU funded SCRREEN2 project is launching the multilingual campaign Raw...

INTRAW supports UNESCO Lecture Series on Earth Materials Sustainability

by | Jan 6, 2021 | 2021 | 0 Comments

Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and...