Processes of land use change in mining regions

Sonter, Laura J., Moran, Chris J., Barrett, Damian J. and Soares-Filho, Britaldo S. (2014) Processes of land use change in mining regions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84 1: 494-501. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.084

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Author Sonter, Laura J.
Moran, Chris J.
Barrett, Damian J.
Soares-Filho, Britaldo S.
Title Processes of land use change in mining regions
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.084
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 84
Issue 1
Start page 494
End page 501
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
1408 Strategy and Management
2209 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Abstract Mining regions undergo abrupt and extensive land use change, the impacts of which pose management challenges for mining companies and regulatory agencies. In this study we investigated 20 years of land use change in Brazil's Iron Quadrangle (QF) mining region. We classified remote sensing images to produce land use maps and conducted a Land Change analysis to investigate the causes and consequences of observed changes. The QF underwent extensive land use change between 1990 and 2010, including deforestation, plantation expansion, urbanization and mine expansion. Comparing our results with those of surrounding non-mining landscapes illustrated important differences. For example, QF contained additional highly profitable land uses, including mining and plantation forestry, which were driven by globalized markets for mineral resources. This finding suggests processes of land use change within mining regions are distinct from those found elsewhere and, as such, land management policies should reflect this. We also hypothesized four generalizations regarding these processes: 1) the direct footprints of mining expands over time, 2) the offsite footprints of mining are extensive and also often expanding, 3) the direct and indirect land used by mines causes environmental and social impacts, some of which are not captured by current management approaches, and 4) the footprints of mining (and associated impacts) are driven by global factors, many of which are uncontrollable by local land holders and regional land management plans and policies. We describe and discuss these generalizations, drawing on published evidence from other mining regions to illustrate both their generality and implications for land management.
Keyword Atlantic Forest
Iron quadrangle
Land change science
Resource region
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
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Created: Thu, 15 May 2014, 21:28:35 EST by Ms Laura Sonter on behalf of Sustainable Minerals Institute