the following is an extract from a global literature of Social aspects of closure literature review, Bainton and Holcombe 2018

(pii, Executive Summary)

"This paper provides an overview of the publicly available literature on the social aspects of mine closure. We examine the themes that have been the focus of both industry and research attention. This then enables a gap analysis and suggestions as to future research priorities.

The social dimensions of resource extraction have always presented a major challenge for the extractive industries. These dimensions include social and economic impacts, human rights, gender considerations, cultural heritage and human development, among others. These challenges and risks are particularly acute towards the end of the project life-cycle when multiple pressures align. These include financial constraints as production rates decline, unfulfilled socio-economic development expectations, and increased complexity surrounding legacy issues, to name but a few. Mine closures can, therefore, have significant adverse effects on local economies, contribute to impoverishment, trigger the loss of key services, and lead to out-migration. Poorly managed closure processes exacerbate these impacts and can damage corporate reputations, where operators are held responsible for the impacts that they have left behind."

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