Global Tailings Standard public consultation

The Global Tailings Review is a project led by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The Global Tailings Review aims to stablish an international standard that improves the safe and secure management of mine tailings facilities.

The Standard compels stakeholders to implement best practices in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and closure of tailings facilities. The Global Tailings Review has considered the technical aspects of tailings storage facilities, and has recently launched a public consultation to enrich the draft.

The consultation aims to collect feedback from professionals, public authorities, local communities and investors. By reaching out to many experts and communities as possible, the Review intends to produce a robust and credible standard that will be taken up by the industry as broadly and quickly as possible.

The standard draft is available in our Resources page. To participate in the consultation, visit www.globaltailingsreview.org and complete the questionnaire. The consultations is available in many languages and it will be open until the 31 December 2019. The final standard will be published early in 2020.

This is an important step towards preventing catastrophic failures of tailings dam and improving the life of vulnerable communities. Once tailings facilities moved from concept to reality, they become a hazard that must be managed accordingly. The Global Tailings Review calls for innovation within the industry and the application of new technologies to minimise the risk of failure of tailings storage facilities.

The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information

Our latest article “The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information” published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction is available as a free download until 20 August 2019 directly from the Publishers’ website Elsevier.

To download the paper, visit https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1ZJpE7t2zY-Hfk

Bibliographic details
Darren Lumbroso, Caitlin McElroy, Craig Goff, Marta Roca Collell, Gregor Petkovsek, Mark Wetton, The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 38, 2019, 101209, ISSN 2212-4209, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101209. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919302766)

At the 2019 ICOLD Annual meeting

Our Project Director Craig Goff attended the ICOLD 2019 Annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada in early June.

Craig Goff at ICOLD

He presented the DAMSAT project and participated as a speaker in the Tailings Dams Committee Workshop.

The annual meeting was an excellent opportunity to present DAMSAT to an international audience and to exchange ideas about the project and the challenges faced by the managers when operating and monitoring tailings dams.