Mining with Communities for Sustainable Development

Symposium 2015 Rouyn-Noranda
Mr Malcolm Scoble (Professor - University of British Columbia)
The nature of the relationships between mines and their local communities continues to evolve over time. This presentation reviews the range in characteristics of what might be termed “mining communities”. These could include those associated with pre-existing Aboriginal and settler communities; those born as a direct result of a mine through its full life cycle; and those at mine sites that are fly-in fly-out operations. It considers the possibility of mine life cycle design and planning that respects and fosters healthy communities. This is set against the background of the emergence of the concepts of sustainable development and shared value. Reference is made to research and educational development that can facilitate the integration of healthy community development into an emerging paradigm within mine engineering.
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