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From Water Management to Water Stewardship—A Policy Maker’s Opinion on the Progress of the Mining Sector

Steering Committee, Global Water Partnership, SE-115 23 Stockholm, Sweden
CEO Water Mandate, UN Global Compact, New York, NY 10017, USA
Corporate Water Stewardship, Pacific Institute, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Water 2019, 11(3), 438;
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 26 February 2019 / Published: 28 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Stewardship in Mining Regions)
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Water is a critical resource for mining operations, as it is for many other water users within any local catchment. With operations often located in water scarce areas, mining companies are increasingly experiencing competition for access to water resources. Concerns over the potential adverse impacts of mining on these shared resources has resulted in the sectors water management approach and practices being challenged by external stakeholders including local communities. This paper overviews the drivers that have resulted in the mining sector expanding its approach from water management within the operational fence line to catchment water stewardship, some of the major obstacles to continued progress and the related needs for guidance, research and research applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: water; stewardship; mining; drivers; barriers; future research water; stewardship; mining; drivers; barriers; future research
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