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Mines grapple with social transitioning in mine closure

J Parshley
Saturday, February 1, 2020
First presented: 
MACIG 2020
In Africa, international standards in mine closure have tended to precede national ones, but several countires have put in place national legal requirements for social closure as part of the closure planning process. South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Tanzania are among these. Such Standards acknowledge the econimic dependency a mine creates relative to its host community.1 This is a good start. However, while the technical aspects of closure might well be understood and carried out, the socio-economic transitioning aspects are generally not. Because one cannot be done successfully without the other, the challenge mines face is how best to integrate socio-economic transitioning into closure.

Feature Author

Jeff Parshley

Jeff Parshley has more than 30 years of project experience throughout North America, Latin America, Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, which includes mine permitting, environmental audits, feasibility and due diligence studies, mine closure design and permitting, liability assessments, reclamation and closure cost estimating, pit lake studies, mine waste studies and environmental geology. He has considerable experience in the permitting and closure of gold heap leach operations in the western U.S. and has lectured in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Australia and Africa on mine closure planning and design. He regularly heads multi-disciplinary teams on projects ranging from environmental liability assessments to permitting to mine closure. He is currently carrying out a number of mine permitting, remediation and environmental geochemistry projects, a large underground mine expansion and several permanent mine closures.

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