2nd Biennial ISIN Meeting
March 13-16, 2003, Toronto
Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability:
Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
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Seven Questions to Sustainability
Thursday, March 13, 2003
8:30AM - 4PM
Lunch will be provided
Where: Metro Hall, Toronto
Room 307
Fee: US$130
R. Anthony Hodge,
Anthony Hodge Consultants, Inc.
Ian Thomson,
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Those working in the mining and minerals industry today face a broad array of interrelated technical, environmental, social, cultural and economic concerns. In response, companies have introduced progressively more sophisticated technical programs that integrate social, environmental, and economic implications across a planning cycle that extends from early exploration through to post-closure, often a time horizon of hundreds of years or more.
One manifestation of this has been the development in the past year, of a robust, dynamic assessment framework that came to be called The Seven Questions to Sustainability. It is fully described in the report Seven Questions to Sustainability-How to Assess the Contribution of Mining and Mineral Activities (MMSD - North America, 2002) (available on-line at www.iisd.org/mmsd).
This one-day workshop is aimed at familiarizing participants with Seven Questions Framework including:
  1. Underlying foundation of theory and value
  2. Elements of the Seven Questions Framework
  3. Options and approached for practical implementation
  4. Strengths and limitations
The workshop will use an innovative mix of:
  1. Lectures by expert practitioners in the field;
  2. Participation in a simulation that will put the learner in a real-life decision-making role dealing with sustainability and assessment issues; and
  3. Facilitated group discussions and collaborative design of strategic approached to problem solving.
Who should attend?
Mining and mineral industry personnel (exploration, development, operation, technical support, financial support - banks, insurance, accounting, investment - consultants, construction) who need to understand practical implication of sustainability concepts to fulfill their corporate responsibilities; professional engineers and geologists who will be future managers of exploration, mining, mineral processing, community, environmental, health and safety departments;
Auditors, Evaluators, Indicators Specialists, and Management Consultants interested in systems of performance measurement and progress assessment driven by the concepts of sustainability;
Government Policy Makers and Regulators who play a role in policy development, policy implementation, regulation, and enforcement;
Non-Governmental Organizations including environmental and community groups who need to understand how projects can be developed, managed, and assessed in an environmentally, socially, and economically successful and acceptable manner;
Indigenous People including Native Americans, Alaska Natives, First Nations and individuals and organizations involved with or interested in mining-related activities;
Financial Institutions responsible for the review and assessment of the financing requirements and the financial liabilities of projects;
Lawyers with an interest in practicing law related to the mining industry;
Lecturers and instructors in communities, high schools, technical colleges and universities who wish to introduce courses on the management of environmental and social concerns for mining into their curricula.
Comments or questions?
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