Mine closure through the 21st Century looking glass

Caroline Digby

"...the core values that underpin sustainable development – interdependence, empathy, equity, personal responsibility and intergenerational justice – are the only foundation upon which any viable vision of a better world can possibly be constructed." (Porritt, 2005) The outstanding challenge for mine closure practitioners is how to work with communities to ensure that they are equipped for life after mining – whether or not they continue to live in the shadow of the old mine. Community ownership of what happens when the mine closes is critical. This paper provides a personal viewpoint on some of the key elements of the planning process that might help move us in the direction towards successful mine closure.

Digby, C. (2012). Mine closure through the 21st Century looking glass. In A. B. Fourie & M. Tibbett (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure. Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Brisbane (pp. 33-38).

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Conference paper
Post-Mining Alliance, Eden Project
Mine closure through the 21st Century looking glass