Good business practices in the management of mining projects and operations involve all aspects of the activities from grass root and advanced exploration, feasibility study, development, exploitation to their closure and decommissioning. Best practices should address all aspects of Environmental, health and safety (EHS), social and economic aspects through the mining life cycle. A project that is not properly managed will definitely run into major problems that usually include financial losses for the owners and other stakeholders, negative social and environmental impacts. Adequate planning and good business practices used at the beginning of a project are therefore, not only essential, but also beneficial for the protection of an investment.
The program will present the best management practices for grass root and advanced exploration; feasibility study; permitting; development; operation; and decommissioning, closure and post closure in relation to environmental, social and economic dimensions. The key performance indicators for the monitoring of the Triple Bottom Line dimensions will be reviewed.
The course depicts a strong industry focus and uses local and international case studies to illustrate environmental management approaches. Emphasis will be placed on case studies to illustrate major themes of the program with real world examples.
Through the programme participants will be able to understand the prevailing global best and proven management practices that are being practiced in the mining industry.
At the end of the Programme participants will be able to:
- Understand the global prevailing context for the Triple Bottom Line dimensions for the mining sector.
- Grasp legal requirements and industry standards and best practices relevant to the mining industry.
- Learn how to identify and mitigate potential environmental impacts during mining and refining processes.
- Create an environmental management plans.
- Assess management plans and suggest improvements; and manage uncertainties (technology, expenses, stakeholder expectations) when developing management plans.
- Understand techniques and contents of environmental, social and economic impact assessments and ways on how to mitigate impacts through best practices.
- Select key performance indicators, and set up monitoring with environmental and social management plans; and learn about minimum requirements for restoration of operational sites after abandonment.
- Learn proven best practices that directly correlate with better project outcome performance.
- Understand how best practices can be implemented to overcome barriers to success.
- Apply techniques and contents of environmental and social impact assessments.
The Programme will be beneficial to project and site managers, advisors, regulators, safety and environmental professionals, engineers and operations staff involved in oversight or management of environmental and social issues all along the life cycle of mining projects.