Short Course on Resources Management

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Executive Short Course on Resources Management using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources

Date: 22 October 2019 (1 day-course)

Venue: Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland

Target audience: Senior policymakers and industry leaders from the public and private sector

Pre-requisites: Participants should have at least 8 years’ working experience and be in a leadership position or advisory role

This intensive short course provides the know-how and insight required for policy leaders in the public and private sector to work towards better management and governance of oil, gas and mineral resources and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the end of the course, the participants will be able to use the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) as a resources’ management tool.

08:30 – Registration

08:45 – Opening

09:00 – Minerals and the oil & gas value-chains, cyclical commodity trends, the commodity cycle and the finance cycle W. Eberhard Falck, International Raw Materials Observatory

09:45 – Drivers and trends affecting the energy transition on the extraction of resources – Julian Hilton and Malika Moussaid, Aleff Group

10:45 – Coffee break

11:15 – Context and characteristics of the UNFC – Hari Tulsidas, UNECE

11:45 – UNFC applied in hydrocarbons’ policy formulation and resources management – Olaf Klarner

12:45 – Lunch

13:45 – UNFC applied in mineral’s policy, corporate and resources managementZoltán Horváth, Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary 

14:45 – Coffee break

15:15 – UNFC applied in the classification and management of anthropogenic resources – Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich; Ulrich Kral, Technische Universität Wien; Patrick Wäger, ESM Foundation

16:15 – UNFC as a ‘resources’ management toolHari Tulsidas, UNECE

17:00 – Wrap up and closure

The course will have two sessions:

Session 1: Framing the use of UNFC in policy formulation 

Host: Vitor Correia


  • Understand the minerals and the oil & gas value-chains;
  • Understand cyclical commodity trends, the commodity cycle and the finance cycle;
  • Understand the impact of climate change and the energy transition on the extraction of resources.

Session outline: 





Understand the minerals and the oil & gas value-chains, cyclical commodity trends, the commodity cycle and the finance cycle

  • O&G and mining value chains and their current challenges
  • Phases of commodity cycles, price outlooks and finance
  • Impact of innovations in production, industrial uses, substitution effects and price speculation from investors


Recognise the impact of climate change and the energy transition on the extraction of resources

  • Drivers of change
  • O&G industry trends
  • Minerals industry trends
  • Circularity in resource management
  • Impact of social/political contexts
  • The future – “Resource as a service?”


Session 2: Using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources as a resource management tool 

Host: Hari Tulsidas (tbc)


  • Understand what the UNFC is;
  • Understand UNFC specifications, and how to bridge from different natural resources classification and reporting systems into the UNFC;
  • Learn how to use the UNFC, and its expanded version, the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) as a resources’ management tool.

Session outline: 

Duration Objectives Themes
30m Understand what the UNFC is Context and characteristics of the UNFC
Relationship between UNFC and other classification and reporting systems
Competent Person guidelines and application
60m Applying the UNFC to hydrocarbons UNFC applied in policy formulation and Government resources management
60m Applying the UNFC to mineral deposits UNFC applied in Government resources management
Implications for EU policy and corporate management 
60m Applying the UNFC to anthropogenic resources Classifying and managing anthropogenic resources
Implications for EU policy and corporate management
45m Learn how to use the UNFC and UNRMS as a resources’ management tool The project maturity and resource progression model of UNFC and UNRMS

Session 1: Framing the use of UNFC in policy formulation


W. Eberhard Falck

Prof. Falck trained as an applied geologist at the University of Kiel (DE) and the ETH Zürich (CH). He obtained his PhD from the Technical University Darmstadt (DE).

His career stations include the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth (UK), the consultancies ISMES Spa. in Bergamo/Rome (IT) and WS Atkins International in Berlin (DE)/Epsom (UK), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna (AT), the EU Joint Research Centre in Petten (NL), the OECD-NEA in Paris (FR), as well as the Université de Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR), where he has been a professor of environmental sciences. He also teaches on sustainable radioactive waste management at IMT Atlantique (former École des Mines) in Nantes (FR). His main areas of work are the scientific-technical, public acceptance, as well as policy issues in the raw materials value chain and socio-economic aspects of managing mining legacies. Since 2015 he has been an independent advisor inter alia to the European Commission and the European Parliament on mineral raw materials policy related matters. Prof. Falck is a vice-presidents of the INTRAW Raw Materials Observatory.


Julian Hilton

Julian Hilton is Chairman of the Aleff Group, a specialist consultancy firm founded in 1992 and headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment to Aleff Group he studied and taught at Oxford University, was appointed to a Chair at the University of East Anglia, UK, is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and was visiting professor at the Technical University, Vienna.

As Chairman Aleff Group, he consults for a wide range of producers, engineering companies, banks and investment houses on policy, regulatory, technical and financial matters on phosphates and other industries associated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, including oil, gas, phosphates, rare earths and uranium.  He started working with the phosphate industry in 1998 and has consulted for many of the leading phosphate producers.

He has particular interests in regulatory and policy issues concerning sustainable development, notably in regard to transforming high volume industrial residues into secondary resources, especially where these can contribute to food, energy and water security and the transition to the circular economy.

He is a member of the Technical Committee of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and Convenor of the Phosphogypsum/ NORM Working Group.

He is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Geneva, Expert Group on Resource Management and chairs the UNECE Working Group on delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is Technical Advisor to the closely related African Union Commission AMREC Project for resource classification and management. He is widely published and a frequent speaker at international meetings and conferences.


Malika Moussaid

Dr. Malika Moussaid is CEO, Aleff Group, headquartered in London, UK. In addition to her duties as project manager, she specialises in leadership training, stakeholder communications and engagement, and the social licence to operate. She has been a member of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM) since 2103 and is a member of the EGRM Sustainable Development Goals Delivery Working Group. Before taking her position with Aleff Group she was Vice-Dean at the University of Meknes, Morocco, having studied at the Sorbonne (Doctorat es troisième cycle) and UEA, UK (PhD). She was also a co-founder of l’Ecole Supérieur Internationale de Gestion (ESIG) now Morocco’s leading private business school.

Session 2: Using the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources as a resource management tool


Hari Tulsidas

Harikrishnan “Hari” Tulsidas has over 30 years of experience in the management of natural resources and materials, including extensive experience in exploration, resource evaluation, classification, techno-economic feasibility studies, sustainable energy development, data analysis, information processing, simulation studies, public reporting and innovation management. Hari is involved with the development, maintenance and application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS). Hari is a technical advisor to the African Union Commission on the development of African Mineral and Energy Classification and Management System (AMREC). Hari has led over 50 international technical cooperation and coordinated research projects in sustainable resource development in over 80 countries and has authored over 100 publications including the book “Green Energy: Technology, Economics and Policy”. Hari is a recipient of the IAEA Merit Award for Outstanding Service in 2012 and UNECE Innovative Analysis Award in 2019.


Olaf Klarner

Olaf Klarner is a European Geologist title holder and the coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Oil and Gas. After his education in Geology and Mining Engineering at the Moscow University of Geology and Exploration, he has obtained more than 30 years of professional experience with various international companies in the oil and gas industry, from Germany to the UK and Russia. He is the founder and CEO of the international oil and gas company Klarenco.


Zoltán Horváth

Dr Zoltán Horváth (Phd) is a geologist and soil-engineer, expert on general geology, mineral resources management and non-metallic solid mineral raw materials. He is the head of the Department of Mineral Resource Management in the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ). His focus is on mapping between national classification, CRISCO types reporting systems and international reporting codes and UNFC/UNRMS including professional and legislative issues. He represents the EuroGeoSurveys in Bureau of the UNECE EGRM and the MBFSZ in the EC DG Grow, Raw material Supply Group. He deals with vulnerability and loadability studies for domestic hydrocarbon concessions. He is responsible for the potential assessment of construction aggregates and industrial minerals in Hungary with field survey experience. He was involved in many EU-projects dealing with sustainable resource management and mineral safeguarding like Sustainable Aggregates Planning in South East Europe (SNAP SEE) and Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MINATURA2020). The ORAMA project for data optimization for EU, the COST-MINEA for Anthropogenic Resources and the GEOERA program serve good fields for sharing experience and develop the concept for data harmonization for raw materials. He is the member of the Hungarian Geological Society.


Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler

Dr. Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler is a professor for mineralogy at the Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany. She is leader of the working group “Classification and reporting of anthropogenic material resources/reserves” of the pan-European expert network on “Mining the European Anthroposphere” (COST Action MINEA) and vice-chair of the UNECE Anthropogenic Resources Working Group to apply the United Nations Framework Classification for Resource (UNFC).

Since 1999, her research is focused on Environmental Mineralogy. She has various EU and national research projects in collaboration with industrial partners and research centers in the field of waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, with a special focus on understanding physical, chemical and mineralogical processes in municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues, including their environmental risks and potentials as secondary resource. She is also head of a research group with the research aim to develop a comprehensive technology to recover heavy metals from wastewater by a specific product orientate precipitation (SPOP) and so to avoid the dissipation of valuable elements. The projects are performed in close collaboration with industrial partners and Environmental Authorities.


Ulrich Kral

Dr. Ulrich Kral has a background in civil engineering and holds a post-doc position at the Research Center for Waste and Resource Management at Technische Universität Wien. His research focuses on the life cycle of materials in the anthroposphere, in particular on methodologies and case studies to assess anthropogenic material stocks and flows. He chairs the pan-European expert network “Mining the European Anthroposphere”. As leader of the UNECE Anthropogenic Resource Working Group, he supports the promotion and further development of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC).


Patrick Wäger

Patrick Wäger studied chemistry at ETH Zurich, and philosophy and sociology at University of Zurich. After his doctoral thesis in environmental sciences at ETH Zürich, he worked as an environmental consultant before joining the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa). Today he is head of Empa’s Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL,, which explores the potentials and limitations of novel materials and emerging technologies to support transitions to a more sustainable society, with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of material and energy stocks and flows. Among the projects he is currently involved in are the COST Action “Mining the European Anthroposphere” (MINEA), the EIT Raw Materials projects “International Round Table on Materials Criticality” (IRTC) and “Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials” (SusCritMat), and the Horizon 2020 project “Optimizing quality of information in raw material data collection across Europe” (ORAMA). Besides other mandates, Patrick is member of the Board of Trustees of the “Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle” (ESM Foundation, and of the Anthropogenic Resources Working Group of the UNECE.

The standard fee for participating in the 1-day training course is 300€.

Participation for European Geologist title holders (EurGeol) and EIT Raw Materials Partners is free. 

The registration fee includes catering during the course (lunch and coffee breaks). 

An invoice will be issued upon registration. 

This event is organised back-to-back with the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2019 which will be held from 23 to 24 October 2019 at the Centre International de Conferences (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. WRF 2019 will be centered on the theme of ‘Anchoring Natural Resources and Raw Materials Management for Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production’. This topic was chosen to reinforce the dialogue that has started to gain international traction on resources and sustainable consumption and production.

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