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APEC Mine Closure Checklist targets sustainable practice

21/08/2018

The APEC Mine Closure Checklist aims to provide more uniform standards where mine closure will promote safe and sustainable practices and public confidence in mining and industry and improve the investment climate in a number of APEC countries.

Participants at the workshop on Mine Closure and Rehabilitation Guidelines in Port Moresby.

The APEC Mine Closure Checklist aims to provide more uniform standards where mine closure will promote safe and sustainable practices and public confidence in mining and industry and improve the investment climate in a number of APEC countries.

Eleni Deroukakis of Natural Resources Canada said the checklist was designed to outline a progressive sequence of steps to be followed to identify gaps in the current regulatory framework for mine closure and how to address those gaps in an easy to understand format.

Ms Deroukakis made these points while discussing on the overview of the APEC Mine Closure Checklist during the Mining Taskforce (MTF) Mine Closure and Rehabilitation Guidelines Workshop in Port Moresby yesterday.

“It’s our belief now that the checklist has been published and the document will be widely used and become a critical tool for policy makers not only in APEC but globally as well.

“Our goal was always to develop a user-friendly document that builds the capacity of governments to govern mine closure responsibly and sustainably,” said Ms Deroukakis.

She said the negative impacts of improper closed mines were a significant issue for both developing and developed economies and in Canada, regulation and legislation provide the legal framework that underpins its approach to mine closure.

“So reflecting Canada’s leadership in this area, many of our partner countries over the years have approached us asking for assistance in sharing our model for mine closure and best practices that could be applied globally.

“I’d also like to note that Papua New Guinea was an instrumental partner in the APEC Mine Closure Checklist Project and they agreed to pilot the checklist in their economy after publication in collaboration with the Intergovernmental on Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development.

“Specifically, the checklist was used to develop a set of guidelines which inform the development of legislation in PNG on mine closure,” said Ms Deroukakis.

The APEC Mine Closure Checklist was developed by the Canadian delegation in the last MTF in Hanoi, Vietnam in May 2017 with the support of MTF member economies.

The aim of the workshop was to:

  1. Present a draft closure guideline for feedback
  2. Present results of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and Artisanal Gold Council (ASG) training programs and discuss how training programs can be scaled up in APEC economies to help achieve mercury reduction targets, and
  3. Draw lessons learnt from other completed mine closures and mercury reduction projects around the world

The checklist project as well as the CIRDI Mercury Reduction in Artisanal small scale Mining (ASM) Project were two projects that were reviewed and discussed at the one-day workshop.