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NEWS / Webinar: Mining and climate change adaptation - the Canadian experience
Category: Energy, Oil, Gas & Extractives

Image: "Jericho Diamond Mine pit Nunavut Canada" by Tom Churchill (Tomchurchill at en.wikipedia) - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Gump Stump using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain

The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is hosting a webinar on climate change impacts for the mining sector in Canada. The webinar will take place on March 24th, at 10:00 AM EDT. 

The webinar will address quesitons such as; what issues do the mining sector face amid the impacts of climate change? and how can these issues be incorporated into impact assessments?

Mining faces many special challenges because they; 

  • are often located in geographies with extreme weather, 
  • rely on infrastructure with long lifetimes, 
  • create by-products that must be managed in perpetuity, 
  • rely on climate-sensitive water and energy resources, and 
  • involve global supply chains. 

In addition, many mines compete with local stakeholders for resources, increasing the social license risk for mines. The International Council on Mining and Metals has identified a growing awareness that a changing climate and its impacts can have significant effects on the mining industry. Prior to project approval, ESIA decision makers require more documentation on how the design considers the impacts of a changing climate. 

This is intended to be the first of several webinars, using a series of case studies to provide different examples from the mining sector to understand the impacts of climate change, how the sector is developing strategies to understand the risks and opportunities associated, and the Climate Action Plans that it is taking to adapt. This webinar will focus on lessons learned from the the Canadian experience. 

Presenter: Sean Capstick, Golder Associates 
Organizer: International Association for Impact Assessment


Register now.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.