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Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World

Product Code: SP250
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by B. R. Marker, M. G. Petterson, F. McEvoy and M. H. Stephenson
Publication Date: 01 December 2005
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The sustainable development of minerals, which are non-renewable resources, is a major challenge in today~Rs world. In this regard the true definition of ~Qsustainability~R is a debating point in itself: can such a concept exist with respect to non-renewable resources? Perhaps the ideal sustainability model is one that minimizes negative environmental impact and maximizes benefits to society, the economy and regional/national development. Developed and near-developed economies rely for commodity supplies on developing countries where major mining operations are often a mainstay of the domestic economy. Limited environmental regulation and low wages lead to charges of exploitation. Also, large numbers of people have no alternative to living by informal, often dangerous, ~Qartisanal~R mining. This Special Publication gives examples from developing countries at all scales of mineral extraction. The volume reviews environmental, economic, health and social problems and highlights the need to solve these before sustainability can be achieved. The better solutions require mutual understanding, through full involvement of all stakeholders, education, training and investment so that small-scale and artisanal mines can grow into well-managed operations. At larger scales, most major international mining companies have now improved their practices and are monitoring their progress, although there is no room for complacency in this rapidly changing area.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-188-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-188-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 256
Weight: 0.80 kg


Sustainable Mineral Operations in the Developing World: introduction, B R Marker, M G Petterson, F McEvoy and M H Stephenson • The need and context for sustainable mineral development, M G Petterson, B Marker, F McEvoy, M H Stephenson and D A Falvey • Enhancing the contribution of mining to sustainable development, J C A Hobbs • The role of minerals in sustainable human development, J P Richards •  Sustainable river mining of aggregates in developing countries, D J Harrison, S Fidgett, P W Scott, M MacFarlane, P Mitchell, J M Eyre and J M Weeks • Markets for industrial mineral products from mining waste, P W Scott, J M Eyre,  D J Harrison and A J Bloodworth • Sustainable small-scale gold mining in Ghana: setting and strategies for sustainability, P A Eshun • Approaches to sustainable minerals development in Zambia, I A Nyambe and V M Kawamya • Sustainable mineral development: case study from Kenya, T C Davies and O Osano • Artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa: the poor relation, K P C J D'Souza • FarmLime: low-cost lime for small-scale farming, C J Mitchell • Mineral resources and their economic significance in national development: Bangladesh perspective, A Akhtar • Obstacles in the sustainable development of artisanal and small-scale mines in Pakistan and remedial measures, V Husain • Mining and environmental problems in the Ib valley coalfield of Orissa, India, P P Mishra • The Gold Ridge Mine, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands' first gold mine: a case study in stakeholder consultation, D H Tolia and M G Petterson • Construction raw materials in Timor Leste and sustainable development, J F Carvalho and J V Lisboa • Capacity building of developing country public sector institutions in the natural resource sector, M H Stephenson and I E Penn • Sustainable development and minerals: measuring mining's contribution to society, D J Shields and S V Šolar • System dynamics modelling: a more effective tool for assessing the impact of sustainable development policies on the mining industry, B O'Regan and R Moles • Sustainable mineral development: possibilities and pitfalls illustrated by the rise and fall of Dutch mineral planning guidance, M J Van Der Meulen • The emperor’s new clothes: sustainable mining?, A Whitmore  


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