Supporting good practice in the mining and metals industry
Catchment-Based Water Management
This guide advises on all aspects of understanding and managing external water-related risks in line with ICMM’s water stewardship principles.
Water is a vital resource for all mining and metals operations, used in every process. Without water there can be no mining. The foundations of successful risk management is based on comprehending the full suite of water issues within a catchment, and finding solutions that consider not only the business but other water users within an area of operation. This practical guide and toolkit aims to outline a comprehensive and systematic approach for catchment-based water-related risks, prompting ICMM members and other interested industry stakeholders to develop their water strategies and plans in accordance with the local context and hydrology in which mining and metals operations take place.
“Through collaborating or partnering with others to mitigate shared risks, address shared impacts and effect the responsible management of water resources, the industry has an opportunity to play a leadership role in local water catchments where operations are located.”
Benefits of ICMM's Guidance Toolkits
The guidance toolkits have been designed to be an easy-to-use and engaging, digital aid for site level staff and the host communities they interact with, as well as for governments, regulators and other regional level stakeholders. Key information from each of the ICMM publications is showcased in individual microsites, using accessible language presented in bite-sized chunks. To guide individuals through processes, step by step guides have also been included. The toolkits are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
About Us ICMM
In collaboration with 27 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations, ICMM is an international organisation committed to creating a just and sustainable mining and metals industry. Our eight position statements and 10 principles underpin our best practice framework on sustainable development, ensuring to support local communities, societies and ecosystems dependent upon and affected by, the mining and metals industry. Through principles based on collaboration, accountability and commitment we believe the mining and metals industry can positively and responsibly contribute to the progression and protection of our planet.