Full course description
Welcome to BRIMM 111: New Perspectives on Mine Closure
Mine closure is an issue of growing importance for mining companies, the communities that host operations, indigenous peoples, and governments with regulatory oversight of closure planning. In the coming years, the world’s top miners are expected to spend over $50 billion (USD) closing mines and managing legacy sites. For many stakeholders and rightsholders, there is a growing expectation that successful closure plans will go beyond remediation and short-term technical solutions to consider the complex socio-economic aspects of closure. Best practice planning is now expected to include measures that support a just transition for workers, communities, and governments as the jobs, taxes, royalties, and philanthropic investments associated with producing mines diminish and then disappear.
In this course, we will examine the social and environmental dimensions of mine closure. We will take guidance from best practice frameworks for closure, examine applied cases to analyze issues of interest and hear from experts working in the field.
Classes will be conducted online and will include analyzing best practices, small group work, guest speakers, and applied case assessment.
Participation in two synchronous online classes is mandatory to successfully complete the program. The exact dates/times of the live sessions are TBD.
Readings, videos, exercises and other activities for each week will be posted in the modules section on the UBC Canvas site.