APG/EFG workshop on sustainable land use and EFG Council meeting

APG 40th Anniversary and EFG Workshop “The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use”


19 & 20 May 2016


EFG Council

21 & 22 May 2016




The gap between the knowledge available in geology and the aspired land use concepts appears to be particularly large. Therefore, it is necessary to apply an appropriate geo-based land use concept. A land use concept that pursues a systemic approach and refers to an adequate extent to geological knowledge provides options for future site-adequate land use as the basis for respective decision-makers or decision-making processes, not any longer conducted by political constraints or economic incentives only.
Source: Hubert Wiggering “The geology – land use – nexus”.

Workshop Aim
The APG 40th anniversary and EFG Workshop “The importance of geological knowledge for sustainable land use” will look at ways in which geological knowledge can contribute to the understanding and management of land use in order to provide a better decision-making and policy-planning framework.

Thursday 19 May 2016

09.00 – Registration

09.30 – Welcome Session – Célia Ramos (Secretary of State for Regional Planning and Nature Conservation), Teresa Ponce Leão (President, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology) and José Romão (President, Portuguese Association of Geologists)

Session 1 – Land use planning and mineral resources

09.45 – Recent developments in the implementation of the 2nd Pillar of the Raw Materials Initiative – Mattia Pellegrini (Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest based industries, European Commission)

10.30 – Resource Development, Sustainability, and Competing Interests; a USA Perspective – William J. Siok (American Institute of Professional Geologists)

11.00 – Coffee break

11.30 – Preventing the Sterilisation of Mineral Resources: Using and Abusing Geological Information – John Cowley (Director, Mineral & Resource Planning Assoc.)

12.00 – Shaping land use and mining policies: A core business for Geological Surveys – Luca Demicheli (Secretary General, EuroGeoSurveys)

12.30 – Matching environmental conservation and mining in a Natural Park: a Portuguese example – Miguel Goulão (Executive Vice-President, Assimagra)

13.00 – Q&A

13.15 – Lunch

Session 2 – Land use planning and natural hazards

15.00 – Lessons from the 1755 Lisbon earthquake – Carlos Sousa Oliveira (Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon)

15.30 – Land use planning and urban development on geo-hazard – prone zones. A European overview – Rosa María Mateos (Researcher from the Geological Survey of Spain – IGME – Natural Hazards Departament)

16.00 – Q&A

16.10 – Coffee break

16.30 – Insight from Policy-Makers (round table moderated by Vítor Correia; President, European Federation of
Geologists) – Carlos Zorrinho (Member of the European Parliament), Teresa Ponce Leão (President, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology), Constantin Ciupagea (Head of Unit, Joint Research Center, European Commission) and Eva Hartai (Chief Editor of the European Geologist Journal)

17.00 – Closing session – Jorge Seguro Sanches (Secretary of State for Energy), Teresa Ponce Leão (President, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology) and Vítor Correia (President, European Federation of Geologists)

20.00 – Welcome dinner

Friday 20 May 2016

All day – Field Trip – Lousal Mining Complex and Lousal Science Centre

20.00 – Traditional dinner

Saturday 21 May 2016

09.00 – 17.00 EFG Council Meeting (attendance permitted for EFG members only)

19.30 – Council Dinner – CAN restaurant

Sunday 22 May 2016

09.00 – 13.00 EFG Council Meeting (attendance permitted for EFG members only)


Lisbon International Airport is located in an urban area between Loures and Lisbon. The centre of Lisbon (Baixa-Chiado) is 7 kilometres away from the airport, by car it takes about 15 minutes to cover the distance.
How to get from Lisbon International Airport to Lisbon?
Public transport – Metro (Lisbon): Since July 2012 it is possible to travel to and from the airport by metro, Aeroporto is the terminus of the red metro line. Every 6 to 9 minutes between 06:30 and 01:00 leaves a metro to and from Lisbon Airport.
Public transport – Bus (Lisbon): Buses 705, 722, 744, 783 and 208 (night bus) operate between Lisbon Airport and the city. You can only make use of these buses if you have no more than one piece of hand luggage with you.
The taxi fare to the centre of Lisbon is €10 to €15, baggage costs €1.20 per item.
More Info: http://www.airportsineurope.com/airports/lisbon-airport/


Lisbon has four main train stations: the Santa Apolonia (Estação da Santa Apolónia), Rossio (Estação do Rossio), Barreiro (Estação do Barreiro) and Cais do Sodré (Estação do Cais do Sodré).
More Info: http://www.lisbon-tourism.com/en/how-to-getto-lisbon.html


Lisbon is fairly well linked to virtually the entire Portugal by means of the bus lines made available by Rede Nacional de Expressos. The main bus station in Lisbon, at least as far as domestic bus trips are concerned, is Rodoviaria de Sete Rios (Sete Rios Bus Station).
More Info: http://www.lisbon-tourism.com/en/how-to-getto-lisbon.html

More Info about Lisbon Transportation: http://www.golisbon.com/transport/

The field trip has a limited attendance of 60 people.
Preference for these places will be given to EFG members.
Attendance for the EFG Council meeting is only permitted to EFG members.
Please note only fully paid pre-registrations will be permitted for this meeting. No onsite registration will be allowed.
To register and pay to attend this meeting, please complete until 04 May 2016 at 5pm the online registration
form available on the EFG Meeting 2016 website and pay via credit or debit card.

More information:
Event brochure