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The preliminary analysis of the Estonian earth’s crust strategy will be prepared in cooperation with the universities

27.01.2015
Keskkonnaminister Mati Raidma, Eesti Maaülikooli rektor Mait Klaassen, Tartu Ülikooli rektor Volli Kalm ning Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli rektor Andres Keevallik.
Keskkonnaminister Mati Raidma, Eesti Maaülikooli rektor Mait Klaassen, Tartu Ülikooli rektor Volli Kalm ning Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli rektor Andres Keevallik.

Minister of the Environment Mati Raidma met with the Rectors of the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian University of Life Sciences in order to develop the initial task to prepare the Estonian earth’s crust strategy together with the universities.

The resources found in the earth’s crust are necessary for the economic development of Estonia and therefore, important to society as a whole. In order to handle mineral resources as prudently as possible, there is a need to constantly update the knowledge on the earth’s crust.

“We have said out loud that more extensive strategic planning of this field is important. Our country must have a joint and clear vision on how to valorise mineral resources. In order to develop this vision, we have asked the help of three universities, who will provide us with top-notch expertise, which we can rely on,” Minister of the Environment Mati Raidma commented.

It is important to ensure the necessary research of the resources, create opportunities to use them in as sustainable and environmentally friendly manner as possible and guarantee consistency in the development of study and research activities both today and in the future.

“The initiative of the Ministry of the Environment is welcomed and today, we agreed on the first specific activities in order to ensure that the preparation of the initial task would be based on the best possible knowledge. The resources in the earth’s crust can be used in significantly more versatile and smarter manner than it is done today,” Rector of the University of Tartu Volli Kalm commented.

In order to develop the strategy, the primary step is to jointly set up the initial task, which will be developed this year. The Estonian earth’s crust strategy must be complete by the end of 2017.

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