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Mine closure legislation in Indonesia: The role of mineral industry involvement

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Major mining companies have recently embraced the sustainable development paradigm, in seeking to improve their competitiveness and increase shareholder returns. Successful mine closure is one important element of this process. Improved performance in this area is essential if surrounding communities are to see mining companies as responsible corporate and social partners.

In Indonesia, the new approach has coincided with the development of specific mine closure legislation. To facilitate the legislation, a consortium of mining companies joined to form the Industry Mine Closure Steering Committee. This Committee has lobbied the Government, actively negotiating to incorporate sustainable development ideals and practices into the new legislation. The Committee's aim has been to foster continued development of the mining industry, while taking account of variation in environmental, social and community conditions. In describing the process, this article seeks to provide guidance for the development of mine closure legislation in other nations.
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Keywords: Global Mining Initiative; Integrated mine planning; Mine closure; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: PT. Kelian Equatorial Mining, Indonesia 2: Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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