Setting a mine in a new site is often met with resistance from sections of the community and policy makers. This is because, although mining activities generate employment for the community, the subsequent end of mining operations often leaves behind social (unemployment) and environmental (pollution and landscape disruption) problems.
The aim of this project is to explore the challenges and opportunities in integrating planning and design considerations already into mainstream minining engineering. This move should contribute to: on the one hand, the sustainable (and economically feasible) rehabilitation of mining sites during and after operations have ceased; and, on the other hand, to gain trust among the community and stakeholder or in another terms the "social license" to operate.
The relevance of this study for the wider community is to contribute to a more sustainable form of development in mining regions while, at the same time, creating more opportunities for jobs and recreational activites. The relevance of this study for the industry is to develop a new way of planning mining sites and operations that is able to earn positive, long-term social, environmental, and economic results for both the local businesses and communities.
Three work packages:
- State of the Art