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Tools, methodologies, and approaches of impact assessment in the mining life cycle: case studies

The session will discuss case studies focusing on approaches specifically developed to address the complex issues of mining projects. The case studies will cover several geographic regions and issues including social justice, human rights, biodiversity conservation, water management and long term economic benefits.

Alistair Fulton and
Roberto Mezzalama

Community and stakeholder engagement: from exploration to mine closure

This session will provide a forum to discuss and debate the approach to stakeholder engagement at different stages of a mining project.  It will discuss challenges to early engagement and will present industry best practices around stakeholder identification, planning and engagement.

Armen Stepanyan and Tricia Wilhelm

From planning to completion – managing biodiversity risks in the mining sector

This session will address the challenges and opportunities for managing biodiversity risks in the mining sector. Using a series of case studies, panellists will highlight key issues facing today’s practitioners for integrating biodiversity conservation and risk management practices into the planning, construction, operational and rehabilitation/closure stages of mining projects.

Nicola Faulks and Peter Moore

When the Rubber Hits the Road: The practical challenges of complying with E&S standards and meeting evolving societal expectations

This session will highlight (i) the stark realities of working concurrently through local and international ESIA approval processes; and (ii) the associated challenges of developing collaborative partnerships between mining companies and a variety of local stakeholders, consultants, government regulators and project financiers.

Kevin D’Souza and Roberto Mezzalama

Innovation and technology in impact assessment and the permitting process

The evolutionary development of ESIAs in the mining sector has been driven in part by the increased complexity of multi-faceted decisions and the wider range of stakeholders who seek transparency and informed decision making. This session will examine both innovation and technological advancements in impact assessment including topics such as:  Smart Data; Application of Geochemical Advancements; Use/Application of Drone Technology; and Management of Risk.

James McNally / Tim  Paul and Jeff Jeter

Integrating new approaches to gender in mining

This session will discuss the evolution of gender impact assessment and present new research and tools that promote gender equality in mining. It will share lessons learned by global companies aligning corporate ambitions with local realities
This session will also include the role and participation of women in mining governance, as well as the roles of women in communities affected by mining, in mineral supply chains and in relevant Technical and Vocational Training.

Greg Radford, IGF

Safeguarding community well-being and health in mining projects

The mining sector can generate positive and negative impacts on communities’ health and wellbeing. The session will explore how ESIA, by addressing the wider determinants of health, can promote local sustainable development and stimulate health equity.

Francesca Viliani and Susan Joyce

Innovations in social closure 

Mine closure has historically focused on environmental impact management. Best practices are emerging around the world which entail a more holistic view of closure including socioeconomic impact assessment, multi-stakeholder land use planning, and investments in economic diversification and sustainable development. This panel will feature speakers with experience with various stages of closure in diverse operating contexts who will share their innovative approaches to planning, implementation and monitoring.

Caroline Rossignol and Alistair Fulton




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