Challenges of integrated modelling in mining regions to address social, environmental and economic impacts

Lechner, Alex M., McIntyre, Neil, Witt, Katherine, Raymond, Christopher M., Arnold, Sven, Scott, Margaretha and Rifkin, Will (2017) Challenges of integrated modelling in mining regions to address social, environmental and economic impacts. Environmental Modelling and Software, 93 268-281. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.020


Author Lechner, Alex M.
McIntyre, Neil
Witt, Katherine
Raymond, Christopher M.
Arnold, Sven
Scott, Margaretha
Rifkin, Will
Title Challenges of integrated modelling in mining regions to address social, environmental and economic impacts
Journal name Environmental Modelling and Software   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-8152
1873-6726
Publication date 2017-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.020
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 93
Start page 268
End page 281
Total pages 14
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Planning in mining regions needs to accommodate the extraction of minerals/energy resources in co-existence with established land uses, such as agriculture and ecological conservation. Here, we first identify six critical aspects of planning in mining regionsi) the temporal nature of mining operations; ii) spatial dimensions of mining operations; iii) irreversible changes that create post-mining landscapes; iv) social dimensions of mining impacts and corporate responsibility; v) cumulative dimensions of impacts; and vi) a need to integrate methods from a range of disciplines. We then illustrate the potential to address these challenges using integrative modelling nested within a participatory approach to allow for clear, transparent, and stakeholder-inclusive decision-making. We describe a 5-step framework that supports a broadening of strategic assessments and offers mining companies forewarning about potential environmental and social conflicts. Case studies are needed to assess and refine the proposed framework and develop guidance for its use.
Keyword Cumulative impacts
Integrative modelling
Land use planning
Mining
Resource extraction
Strategic environmental assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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