Effective closure planning results in:
- Consistent and transparent engagement with stakeholders
- Community participation in planning and implementing actions that underpin successful closure
- Stakeholder support of closure decisions
- Better management of closure throughout the mining life cycle
- More accurate closure cost estimates
- Early identification of risks and mitigation strategies
- Progressive reduction of liabilities
- Closure working towards an agreed-upon vision for the post-closure period
- A better social transition for affected stakeholders as the mine moves from operations to closure
- Opportunities for lasting benefits being recognised and planned for adequately
Integrated mine closure is a dynamic and iterative process that takes into account environmental, social and economic considerations at an early stage of mine development. Closure must be seen as an integral part of the mine operations core business. Mine closure should integrate stakeholder involvement and community consultation throughout the mine lifecycle.
Figure 2 (p11) illustrates the key elements of mine closure that aid practitioners in developing closure plans and carrying out activities in support of closure.
This guide has been divided into elements that define the iterative closure planning process. Within some of the elements there are easy to use tools to help companies implement the elements into their closure planning process.