Mining regions in transition - a global scan

Jo-Anne Everingham, Kamila Svobodova, Éleonore Lèbre, Sandy Worden and John Owen

Mining regions in transition – technical report

This project has produced two research reports – the main report (accessible using the green button on the right) and a separate technical report (green button on the left). The technical report provides further detail of the methods used in the study and auxiliary data.

Transitions to closure

This infographic highlights key elements of the research. It uses interactive maps, graphs, iconography and summary text to present key data. It also outlines the processes used to identify mining regions in transition and assess their capacity to move to post-mining alternatives.

This global scan examines the capacity of mining regions to transition to a post-mining future. The study highlights the complex patterns of human-nature interactions and considers the influence of key contextual factors on transition capacity. Three tiers of mining regions are identified based on this analysis: least constrained capacity, constrained capacity and most constrained capacity. 

According to the RESET framework (Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Transition), the study identified three tiers of regional capacity among these MRITs. Factors supporting preventive, proactive and precautionary management of the transition are evident in 12 MRITs, which also show declining mining activity. The combined factors indicate that these regions will face fewer constraints to transition than other MRITs. The constraints existing in other MRITs meant seven of them were found to be poorly equipped to handle the transition.

Everingham, J., Svobodova, K., Lèbre, É., Worden, S., & Owen, J. R. (2020). Mining regions in transition – a global scan. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. University of Queensland: Brisbane.

Mining regions in transition - a global scan