Mine life cycle planning – creating lasting value for communities

Mine life cycle planning – creating lasting value for communities Conference Paper

Life-of-Mine Conference

  • Author(s): Buitrago, I., Robertson, S.
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Abstract: Mine life cycle planning and enduring value are taking centre stage to meet corporate goals and deliver socio-economic outcomes for communities over the life of a mine. There is a general agreement in the literature about mining-induced effects on locals adjacent to mining operations and subsequent closure. In response, international regulatory bodies, through the implementation of global agendas, encourage exploration and mining companies to embrace the concept of corporate social responsibility. This concept is designed to provide sustainable outcomes and maintain a social license to operate over the life of a mine. This paper proposes a practical application of the sustainable livelihood approach as a tool for international planning. With this approach as the governing framework, this paper proposes an innovative tool for mine life cycle planning. Based on the findings, this paper discusses the socio-economic impacts of mining and mine closure. It also argues that transferring some of the benefits from mining to create lasting value for communities needs to be considered at the initial stages of planning for the mine and the community. Findings also indicate that conditions such as a strong local government, good governance arrangements, relevant capacity-building for sustainable livelihoods and a diversified economy are important to transferring some of the benefits from mining to create lasting value for communities. The paper is based on a mixed research technique for data analysis and a case study methodology. The case studies were conducted in Australia and Colombia.

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Buitrago, I., Robertson, S., 2014, Mine life cycle planning – creating lasting value for communities, Conference Paper, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2882.

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