The exploitation of mineral resources provides developing countries with considerable opportunities for economic development - but it also involves trade-offs with respect to the environment and the surrounding communities. Countries, communities and companies face tough questions about opportunities and risks as they develop steps to ensure responsible approaches toward mineral resource development:
- What economic development opportunities can be realized through the exploitation of mineral resources in developing countries?
- How can mining projects be developed such that they have a beneficial impact on the poorest? What responsibilities do mining companies have in this context?
- What social, cultural and environmental risks accompany mining—and what can be done to mitigate these risks for the communities involved and for the environment?
- How can development institutions, governments, communities, NGOs and mining companies work together to ensure responsible mining operations?
- What role should international financial institutions play?
The Mining group works toward exploring answers to some of these questions. In this context, we compile information and offer advice regarding an increasing number of key topics in mining.