British Columbia is a world leader in geological data and geosciences. A recent study ranked British Columbia’s geological database quality as among the top in the world. But with challenging geology and climate the inventory of the province’s mineral potential needs constant attention. Unique innovative approaches to our provinces geosciences are critical to ensuring British Columbia remains a leader in open source geological related data. AME constantly advocates for more resources for government organizations such as the BC Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Canada.
AME is a strong supporter of Geoscience BC and was key to that organization’s creation. Geoscience BC is an innovative model for the use of public geosciences funds. As an arm’s length organization Geoscience BC partners with the private sector, academia and other levels of government to leverage government funds and direct them to projects of priority identified by the mineral exploration sector.
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME) recognizes that continued investment in public geoscience for information on valuable, shared mineral resources is essential to support early stage prospecting, advanced stage exploration and mining. Publicly available geosciences information also plays a critical role in land use decisions related to access to mineral resources.
In conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:
- Support geoscience through organizations such as: the BC Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Canada to generate new public geosciences data and maps, maintain public databases and provide access to geoscience information and expertise; and
- Encourage consistent investment in public geoscience and explain the significant return of such investment to mineral explorers, miners, government land planners and members of the public, thereby attracting global investment.
- Promote industry best practice standards when conducting geoscience research and exploration activities to meet balanced social, environmental and economic objectives.
- Support and communicate openly with public geoscience organizations, while taking into account the competitive nature of mineral exploration and the need for corporate confidentiality in certain instances. Geoscience BC as the industry-led, industry focused, not for profit geoscience organization in British Columbia to develop, generate, market and use advanced and innovative geosciences exploration related technologies and methods to assist the exploration industry in BC.
- Engage with geoscience agencies, academia, Aboriginal people and communities to explain and disseminate geoscience knowledge and public mineral exploration information.
- Share newly collected geoscience data, new ideas and new technologies, compilations and reprocessing of existing data and applications of existing technologies by contributing this information to the BC Geological Survey.
- Develop mutually respectful relationships that acknowledge the rights and interests of others in the access and use of the land when undertaking geosciences research and mineral exploration activities.
- Communicate these guiding principles concerning the importance of geoscience to associated communities of interest, Aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies and international stakeholders.