Environmental responsibility

Awareness on the environmental impacts that accompany mining and processing activities has increased significantly over the last decades. Environmental responsibility and social licence to operate are closely related topics as the influence of mining on environment is often an object of dispute with local communities. Dealing with environmental risks will, therefore, continue to be an important topic for the next years in the extractive sector.

These are the sections in the MDNP and some of the external sites where you can find out more about environmental responsibility:

  • The Country Fiches tool in the Members’ area provides information about “Community and environment” (look for this same name Category on the tool) for each of the Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.
  • The Library on the Members’ area contains also further information on water, energy, soil, air and civil society
  • EU Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from the extractive industries (the Extractive Waste Directive).
           Find out more about extractive waste on the link below.

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  • The EC developed a sector-specific guidance on undertaking non-energy extractive activities in accordance with Natura 2000 requirements. Find out more about the “Non-energy mineral extraction and Natura 2020” guidance document on the link below.

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