19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Harnessing mining for sustainable development

19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Harnessing mining for sustainable development

Harnessing mining for sustainable development


The course will consist of three modules plus practice/ group exercises:

 1. Placing mining within the sustainable development framework

  • Brief history of sustainable development leading to reiteration of key sustainability principles, followed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Sustainable development applied to mining, leading to a more in-depth discussion of sustainable mining practices (SMP), mining policy vs. sustainable mining policy, and the distinction between SMP and mining’s contribution to sustainable development
  • Indicator concepts, GRI, SDGs indicators for mining
  • Prevention of environmental disasters

  2. Environmental dimension of sustainable mining

  • Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) and Assessment (LCA) in the toolbox for sustainability assessment
  • LCT in product policy and in minerals policy; LCT in SDGs
  • Basics of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and the role of LCA to help governments determine if a mine plan will be consistent with sustainable management practice
  • LCA data needs and case studies of LCA applied to mining / raw materials

 3. Social / economic dimension of sustainable mining

  • Sector perspective on decent work in extractive industries: good practices and case studies
  • Local economic development and employment creation in mining and extractive industries
  • Occupational safety and health in small scale mining
  • Consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and guidance provided by ILO Convention 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples


International Training Centre of the ILO

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin - Italy

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