Western Australia: Department of Communications, GPO Box 2154, Canberra ACT 2601, 2007. — 107 p. — ISBN 0 642 72512 8.Первоисточник: http://www.dcita.gov.au/cca. The handbooks in the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry series integrate environmental, economic and social aspects through all phases of mineral production from exploration through construction, operation and mine-site closure. The concept of leading practice is simply the best way of doing things for a given site. As new challenges emerge and new solutions are developed, or better solutions are devised for existing issues, it is important that leading practice be flexible and innovative in developing solutions that match sitespecific requirements. Although there are underpinning principles, leading practice is as much about approach and attitude as it is about a fixed set of practices or a particular technology. Leading practice also involves the concept of ‘adaptive management’, a process of constant review and ‘learning by doing’ through applying the best of scientific principles. The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) definition of sustainable development for the mining and metals sector means that investments should be: technically appropriate; environmentally sound; financially profitable; and socially responsible. Enduring Value, the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development, provides guidance for operational level implementation of the ICMM Principles and elements by the Australian mining industry. A range of organisations have been represented on the Steering Committee and Working Groups, indicative of the diversity of interest in mining industry leading practice. These organisations include the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Department of Industry and Resources (WA), the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (Qld), the Department of Primary Industries (Victoria), the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Centre for Minerals Extension and Research and representatives from mining companies, the technical research sector, mining, environmental and social consultants, and non-government organisations. These groups worked together to collect and present information on a variety of topics that illustrate and explain leading practice sustainable development in Australia’s mining industry. The resulting publications are designed to assist all sectors of the mining industry to reduce the negative impacts of minerals production on the community and the environment by following the principles of leading practice sustainable development. They are an investment in the sustainability of a very important sector of our economy and the protection of our natural heritage.
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