- © 2004 Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
On May 2–3, 2002, a workshop was held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre to discuss issues relating to sustainable development in the mining industry, with particular emphasis on contributions that can be made by geoscientists. The SUM21 workshop was attended by 65 people, and featured five keynote speakers as well as sixteen volunteered presentations. Abstracts for these talks were printed in Exploration and Mining Geology (2001, Vol. 10, p. 143–153).
This special issue features eight full-length articles derived from the SUM21 presentations, plus one new article describing plans to develop a mine in Vietnam according to sustainable development principles. This is perhaps the first collection of papers in the peer-reviewed literature to examine issues of sustainable development in the minerals industry, and with a specific focus on the geosciences and the role of geoscientists.
The first paper, written by Karen McMaster, discusses the implementation of sustainable development practices on a day-today basis in the minerals industry from a legal and fiscal perspective. The focus is on using regulations and audits to achieve desired goals, which should ultimately also yield economic returns (sustainable development is not necessarily antithetical to profits).
Simon Handelsman, Malcolm Scoble, and Marcello Veiga discuss an important but often overlooked problem in the minerals industry, especially …