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Local Value Addition Construction Raw Materials
Construction raw materials and industrial minerals such as clay, lime, gypsum, sand and gravel, natural stone and crushed natural stone are comparatively cheap. At the same time, they involve high transport costs. They are therefore only suitable for export to a limited extent and their trade mostly focuses on a regional and local level. However, this is precisely why construction raw materials are of enormous importance for domestic value creation, especially in partner countries of development cooperation. A responsibly managed construction raw materials sector can contribute to strengthen the economy in the partner country and reduce poverty. Opportunities can arise especially for the promotion of employment, the development of local businesses or the expansion of infrastructure. At the same time, the often informally organised sector holds environmental, social and governance risks, for example with regard to soil erosion, land use conflicts, child labour, health and safety hazards or insufficient regulation. Basic information and reliable data on specific raw materials or contexts are needed, in order to better understand, promote or minimise development potentials and risks.
Using the potential for value creation
The aim of activities in the sector programme is to support enhancing the potential of construction raw materials for sustainable development in partner countries. To this end, a market study analysed the potentials and risks of selected construction raw materials and their value chains in metropolitan regions in India and Indonesia.
Based on the study in India and Indonesia, a collection of best practices from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as interviews with experts was developed. The report provides insights into different approaches to regulation and value creation, stakeholder inclusion, as well as environmental and human rights protection. The aim of the report is to formulate crosscutting learning opportunities for strengthening governance and formalisation in the sector.
Promoting sustainable and inclusive development
To enhance sustainable development, it is important to create a deeper understanding of the economic potential as well as the ecological, social and Governance risks associated with construction raw materials. This requires reliable data and in-depth analyses of context-specific impacts of the extraction of construction raw materials, for example regarding environment and climate, gender and political as well as social participation.
Contact: Evelyn Schnauder (External link)