Water management capacity building to support rapidly developing mining economies

McIntyre, Neil, Woodley, Alan, Danoucaras, Anastasia and Coles, Neil (2015) Water management capacity building to support rapidly developing mining economies. Water Policy, 17 6: 1191-1208. doi:10.2166/wp.2015.017

Author McIntyre, Neil
Woodley, Alan
Danoucaras, Anastasia
Coles, Neil
Title Water management capacity building to support rapidly developing mining economies
Journal name Water Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-7017
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2166/wp.2015.017
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 6
Start page 1191
End page 1208
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IWA Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Many developing countries are experiencing rapid expansion in mining with associated water impacts. In most cases mining expansion is outpacing the building of national capacity to ensure that sustainable water management practices are implemented. Since 2011, Australia's International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) has funded capacity building in such countries including a program of water projects. Five projects in particular (principally covering experiences from Peru, Colombia, Ghana, Zambia, Indonesia, Philippines and Mongolia) have provided insight into water capacity building priorities and opportunities. This paper reviews the challenges faced by water stakeholders, and proposes the associated capacity needs. The paper uses the evidence derived from the IM4DC projects to develop a set of specific capacity-building recommendations. Recommendations include: the incorporation of mine water management in engineering and environmental undergraduate courses; secondments of staff to suitable partner organisations; training to allow site staff to effectively monitor water including community impacts; leadership training to support a water stewardship culture; training of officials to support implementation of catchment management approaches; and the empowerment of communities to recognise and negotiate solutions to mine-related risks. New initiatives to fund the transfer of multi-disciplinary knowledge from nations with well-developed water management practices are called for.
Keyword Coal
Ecosystem services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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