This discussion paper is about the social aspects of mine closure. We focus on a set of questions relating to transformations at the end of mine life, namely: - What happens when major mining projects come to the end of their economic life? - How are responsibilities for end of life planned and distributed among stakeholders? - What does industrial transformation mean, for different stakeholders, at closure? This paper aims to generate constructive discussion about the social dimensions of mine closure. We do not offer direction, a series of checklists, or a "how-to" guide. Our intent is to prompt deeper thinking about the social dimensions of mine closure. We encourage the industry to use this document to initiate and facilitate conversations about its own future, and the future of the communities in which it operates.

Publisher: CSRM

Region: Global

Type: Occasional Paper


Owen, J. and D. Kemp (2018) Mine closure and social performance: an industry discussion paper. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland: Brisbane.

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Mine closure and social performance

Mine closure and social performance