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The Drive towards Consensual Perspectives for Enhancing Sustainable Mining

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School of Computer Science, University College Dublin (UCD), Bellfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Global Resource Information Division (GRID-Geneva), Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Bd Carl-Vogt 66, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Environment House, 11 chemin des Anémones, CH-1219 Chatelaine, Switzerland
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School of Geosciences, University of Energy and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 214 Sunyani, Ghana
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Institute for Environmental Sciences, EnviroSPACE Lab., University of Geneva, Bd Carl-Vogt 66, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Resources 2020, 9(12), 147; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9120147
Received: 2 October 2020 / Revised: 21 November 2020 / Accepted: 14 December 2020 / Published: 16 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mineral Resources and Sustainable Development)
This paper investigates key innovative paradigms that seek enhanced consensus building on the sustainable mining agenda of the mineral resource development industry and realities on the ground. It reviews the 55 most relevant academic articles from 2000 to 2019, retrieved from the Web of Science, PubMed and International Conference on Sustainable Development Indicators in the Metals Industry databases. A systematic scoping review method was used to sieve the multitudes of entries obtained from the databases to generate appropriate publications that match the search terms used. Our survey finds a dearth of literature on the subject. Only one article directly confers the need for consensus building on sustainable mining. The existing literature does not suggest the modalities that would enhance indigenous groups’ understanding and appreciation of sustainable mining. This creates a gap between stakeholders with regard to what flags sustainable mining. This study also finds a lack of efforts to incorporate sustainable mining concepts into academic courses focusing on either mining or sustainable development. Thus, this paper suggests that the existing delusions on sustainable mining can be addressed if the science of assessing and communicating the principles of sustainable development in mining is suitably developed and applied in higher educational curricula, environmental literacy feats, community-initiated research and outreach activities. Incorporating indigenous knowledge can address the existing gaps between stakeholder groups and in science. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development 1; sustainable mining 2; sustainability 3; consensus 4 sustainable development 1; sustainable mining 2; sustainability 3; consensus 4
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Moomen, A.-W.; Lacroix, P.; Bertolotto, M.; Jensen, D. The Drive towards Consensual Perspectives for Enhancing Sustainable Mining. Resources 2020, 9, 147. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9120147

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Moomen A-W, Lacroix P, Bertolotto M, Jensen D. The Drive towards Consensual Perspectives for Enhancing Sustainable Mining. Resources. 2020; 9(12):147. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9120147

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Moomen, Abdul-Wadood, Pierre Lacroix, Michela Bertolotto, and David Jensen. 2020. "The Drive towards Consensual Perspectives for Enhancing Sustainable Mining" Resources 9, no. 12: 147. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9120147

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