Future of world resources focus at IGC

China will be providing its perspective on global resources supply and demand for the future at the 34th International Geological Congress today.

China's minister for land and resources, Xu Shaoshi, will be discussing the future of resources demand alongside Vale's head of global exploration and mineral project development, Marcio Luis Silva Godoy.

The two will speak as part of the event's plenary session and theme 'resourcing tomorrow'.

Godoy will use the conference to address the future prospects for the global supply of resources from the standpoint of a major producer.

During this event water will also be a focus.

Neil Williams, president of the 34th IGC, said this first plenary session of the conference will provide an up to date view of the present global resources industry, covering both the supply and demand perspectives.

"China has a huge demand for resources, so we are all looking to hearing minister Xu Shaoshi provide insight into the issues this presents from a government perspective," Williams said.

Professor Gorelick from the Department of Environmental Earth System Science and head of the Global Freshwater Initiative at Standford University "will also disucss the extent and quality of the world's water resources, which will be thought provoking given water is the most limiting resource facing future economic growth in many parts of the world.

"It will be interesting to see the implications this session has for the mining and resources industry."

The IGC was first held in 1878, and "is the oldest gathering of geoscientists from industry, governments, academia, research organisations, and professional societies globally", Williams explained.

It was will run from today until 10 August in Brisbane.

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