HEALTHY MINING COMMUNITIES: COMPANY - COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
CIM Vancouver 2002
Malcolm Scoble, Mary Louise McAllister,
Mining communities are confronted with many issues that make them distinct from other localities. Many of these issues stem from an interaction with the mining operation through its life cycle, as well as external factors such as commodity market fluctuations.
The health and vitality of a mine and community and inextricably linked. This has fostered an environment of mutual need between the mining company and the community as they both depend on each other for health and well-being. This new relationship entails a completely new approach to the way in which mines are conceived, developed, operated and closed.
Healthy Communities is a well-developed concept, which recognizes that a variety of characteristics are required to ensure the long-term health and vitality of a community. The Healthy Communities movement has become well established throughout the world and offers a process that has been successful in the past.
This paper introduces the Healthy Communities concept and considers its potential application to the Canadian mining industry. A case study is then presented and analyzed to demonstrate the concept's practical application and benefits. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research to develop the process for healthy mining community planning and development.
Community relations, Sustainable development, public participation, healthy communities