The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific, has published the “Mine Closure Checklist for Governments”. This document, developed by Golder in collaboration with the APEC Mining Task Force, provides simple, practical mine closure guidance for government policy makers. While intended for use by the 21 APEC economies, the checklist is now used and referenced around the world.
Having a clear mine closure framework allows for the responsible mining of a nation’s mineral resources. APEC initiated the development of this guidance document as part of their efforts to ensure mining activity will leave a positive legacy in their regions. A robust, practical mine closure framework promotes both positive mining legacies and stable investment climates.
The checklist is a practical tool for governments that — in less than 100 pages — presents a “Mine Closure 101” that includes developing appropriate government policies, components of a mine closure program and policy implementation.
Golder developed the guideline with input from a steering committee and extensive consultation with stakeholders and industry experts. The draft document was presented in a workshop coinciding with the 11th annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam, with a later version reviewed at the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development (IGF) Annual General Meeting.