Starke - Planning for Integrated Mine Closure Toolkit

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Starke, L., ed. “Planning for Integrated Mine Closure Toolkit” (London, UK: International Council on Mining and Metals, 2008)

The document is an assimilation of materials and tools developed to assist operators and stakeholders make sound decisions based on effective mine closure planning. It takes a multi-disciplined approach to closure planning, with the guidance of toolkits to enable adequate implementation of the said objectives.

Key to any mine closure planning is understanding the needs and objectives of the various stakeholders, both internal and external to the mining operation. The engagement of these stakeholders should be undertaken throughout the life cycle of the mining operation. The toolkit indicates apparatus needed for community engagement, this includes ways to conduct community impact assessment, community profiling and mapping, gap analysis, active listening, risk management, partnerships and facilitation. A closure plan should ideally capture or attempt at a balancing the expectations and viewpoints of the various stakeholders.

The closure plan should also be conducted in several key stages, at the beginning of mining operations a conceptual closure plan should be developed (this would involve risk and opportunity assessment and management and target goals and outcomes). The conceptual phase should be goal oriented and involve as many practical outcomes as necessary to capture the life of the project. The conceptual plan, over the life cycle of the operation, would be transformed into a more detailed closure plan using contextual information derived from stakeholder engagement and detailed project feasibility studies. The detailed closure plan should consist of action plans for each goal envisaged with probability cost estimates which allows room for annual review and updating. This detail should also capture scenarios for dealing with project risks and sudden closure of operations.

The decommissioning and post closure phases should be conducted with active participation and input from the closure planning group so as to ensure not only focus on the social and environmental issues but also to ensure that the years of closure planning are not undermined and objectives during the planning phases are met.

Finally, any effort to develop a mining closure plan should be mindful of the various challenges that operators might face. For instance, during exploration it might not be financially feasible for the exploration companies to plan on mining closure especially where mineable resources have not yet been identified. Also managers need to keep in mind the likelihood of change in ownership structures where the burden of closure changes plus any costs associated, this corresponds with a change in management structures with the challenge being able to maintain a consistent effort in closure practices. The document is designed to assist at arriving at a mutually beneficial closure outcome, where diligent thought and application of best practices are utilised to arrive at the desired outcome.

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