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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 658;

Eliciting Drivers of Community Perceptions of Mining Projects through Effective Community Engagement

State Key Laboratory of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400014, China
Department of Mining Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA
Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Waterway Engineering of the Ministry of Education, College of River and Ocean Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, China
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Academic Editor: Kannan Govindan
Received: 24 March 2016 / Revised: 20 June 2016 / Accepted: 20 June 2016 / Published: 13 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Better Decision-Making Helps to Improve Sustainability - Part II)
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Sustainable mining has received much attention in recent years as a consequence of the negative impacts of mining and public awareness. The aim of this paper is to provide mining companies guidance on improving the sustainability of their sites through effective community engagement based on recent advances in the literature. It begins with a review of the literature on sustainable development and its relationship to stakeholder engagement. It then uses the literature to determine the dominant factors that affect community perceptions of mining projects. These factors are classified into five categories: environmental, economic, social, governance and demographic factors. Then, we propose a new two-stage method based on discrete choice theory and the classification that can improve stakeholder engagement and be cost-effective. Further work is required to validate the proposed method, although it shows potential to overcome some of the challenges plaguing current approaches. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; mining; local community perspective; community acceptance sustainability; mining; local community perspective; community acceptance

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Wang, L.; Awuah-Offei, K.; Que, S.; Yang, W. Eliciting Drivers of Community Perceptions of Mining Projects through Effective Community Engagement. Sustainability 2016, 8, 658.

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