A new report titled Mine Closure Checklist for Governments has just been released to provide policy makers in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation region with the essential elements of a successful mine closure governance framework based on leading international guidelines and standards, as well as international experience.
The Checklist is designed “to provide a logical, sequential series of steps that will allow policy makers to identify gaps in their current mine closure framework and identify how to address those gaps.”
It has been identified that a clear, effective mine closure framework will help protect the environment and interests of the community and will also encourage the benefits that are brought by investment and development of mining opportunities.
For policy makers in the APEC region, there is no single jurisdiction in the world that can be looked at as the ideal model for mine closure policy. Many of the developed nations have relatively advanced closure policies, which have been created assuming the existence of a large and well-funded regulatory oversight body. This assumption may not apply in the developing world. The geographic size and diversity of the jurisdiction also shapes the development of policy. Closure policy for some smaller nations may contain prescriptive elements that are only applicable within a relatively limited climatic or geographical zone. As a result, since there is no single model to follow, there is a need for clear guidance on what is required in closure policy.
The Checklist particularly advises government policies with respect to mine closure and how these policies should be implemented and sustained.
The Checklist was developed by the Mining Task Force of APEC, in a project led by Natural Resources Canada, with development carried out by Golder Associates. The preparation of the Checklist involved mine closure practitioners globally, including government, industry, and non-government organisation (NGO) representatives, among others.
The checklist is available free of charge from the APEC website.