Two important publications on mining’s contribution to sustainable development have been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
The role of mining in national economies and Trends in the mining and metals industry are part of a series commissioned by ICMM, of which the ILA is a member, to spark a constructive dialogue about the key issues the mining industry faces. The publications set out some of the more important benefits, costs, risks and responsibilities related to mining and metals in today’s world.
Commenting on the report the International Lead Association’s Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: "Mining has always had a significant impact on national economies and in recent times the industry's performance on sustainable development issues has improved significantly, so these reports provide a useful benchmark for all mining industries.”
Trends in the mining and metals industry provides a forward looking discussion of trends likely to govern the evolution of the industry over the next decade.
Even with today’s uncertain economic outlook, population growth and the speed of urbanization in China and Asian countries has created continuing demand for minerals and metals. At the same time, the centres of mining activity have been moving from developed to developing countries.
The role of mining in national economies examines the contribution of mining activities in 212 countries.
In 2010, the value of global minerals production was four times higher than in 2002. At the same time, there are 40 countries with significant dependence on mineral exports. Thirty of those are low or middle income countries and many have low Human Development Index scores.
This data demonstrates that mining has a significant and growing role to play in economic development in general and poverty reduction in particular. Evidence from ICMM case studies in Chile, Ghana and Brazil illustrates that mining areas have enjoyed stronger poverty reduction and social development performance than non-mining areas.
“These publications are intended to stimulate an exchange of ideas leading to the development of innovative ways forward. We hope they will allow the industry and others to more fully examine the contribution of mining and metals to sustainable development,” said ICMM President Anthony Hodge.
All five publications in the series are available for download.
About the ILA
The International Lead Association is a membership body that supports companies involved in the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. The ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead and almost two thirds of lead production in the western world.
With offices in the UK and USA the ILA provides a range of technical, scientific and communications support and is focused on all aspects of the industry’s safe production, use and recycling of lead and helps funds bodies such as the International Lead Management Center and the International Lead Zinc Research Organization.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to improve sustainable development performance in the mining and metals industry. Today, it brings together 22 mining and metals companies as well as 34 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations.
ICMM serves as an agent for change and continual improvement. Our vision is one of leading companies working together and with others to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.
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