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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1749;

The Status of the Local Community in Mining Sustainable Development beyond the Triple Bottom Line

Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Waterway Engineering of the Ministry of Education, College of River and Ocean Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, China
State Key Lab of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, Chongqing University, Chongqing 404000, China
Department of Mining & Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA
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Received: 7 May 2018 / Revised: 21 May 2018 / Accepted: 22 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
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Mineral products provide essential fuels and raw materials for industrialization and our daily life, but their influences on other aspects of life need to be taken into consideration. While the whole world benefits from mining’s contributions, most of the resulting detrimental impacts on the environment and society fall on the local communities. The participation of the local community is one solution to decrease the risks from community-related problems. Subsequently, the requirements of mining sustainable development can be met. A literature review was conducted on mining sustainability and stakeholder participation, and the shortcomings of existing research and difficulties of further study were discussed in detail. This study covers a broad understanding of mining sustainability from a mining community’s perspective. In addition, it offers a new mining sustainability scope based on the literature review. Besides the balance of economic, environmental, and social aspects, the mine owner and local community have to be engaged in the new mining sustainability scope. This literature review could improve community engagement and help mining companies to better understand local mining communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: mining sustainability; local community; stakeholder engagement mining sustainability; local community; stakeholder engagement

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