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This “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the mining industry” blogpost looks at what constitutes a minimal requirement for a Risk Assessment applied to a mining orphan site in 2013. That occurred as a result of Public Hearings in the NWT.
It then examines recent development in the field, welcoming the apparently general request for multidimensional consequence analyses.
For the reclamation of Giant Mine the MVREIB, an Environmental Review Board in Arctic Canada quoted the following five requirements for a socially and technically acceptable risk assessment in 2013.
More recently The Global Platform was established for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in Sendai, Japan, in 2015. In fact, the 2017 Global Platform conference stated that there continues to be real risk coming from political attitudes. For example:
in fact, at Riskope we are please to see that health, culture, environment, customs and ways of life of affected social groups are all considered to be valid failure criteria that should be taken into account in the multidimensional consequences of potential accidents.
As a matter of fact we wrote in a paper at CIM back in 2013 that the public distrust towards the mining industry came from the fact that consequences are oftentimes poorly defined. We also wrote that we should take into account “indirect/life-changing” effects on population and other social aspects. These can be grasped in ORE using simplified method and considering the wide uncertainties that surrounds the driving parameters. Among these:
The Sendai Framework is clearly in accordance with us. Indeed it states :”It is likely that peoples and communities will recover confidence in institutions if there is clear evidence of the willingness of States to guarantee the right to life. This means that States would have to return to work for effective regulation and protection of people. And that industry will have to adapt and respect international agreements and covenants with no tricks”.
It seems that preserving Social License to Operate and showing leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility require risk assessments to become transparent, analyze the complexities of consequences and allow transparent dialogue between stakeholders.
Riskope has been working in those directions and has handy solutions for you. Contact us to learn more.