Conference Theme and Topics

16th International Conference on Mine Closure
2-5 October 2023 | Nugget Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada, USA

Conference Theme – Communities and Change

Session Topics:

Planning, relinquishment and legacy management

  • Mine life cycle assessments
  • Post-closure visioning and asset repurposing
  • Closure objectives and criteria
  • Planning and relinquishment
  • Closure planning process
  • Statutory compliance
  • Managing legacy facilities
  • Abandoned mines and good Samaritan cleanups

Stakeholders and community

  • Socioeconomic transitioning
  • Communication and improving education
  • Custodial transfers
  • Sustainable community capacity
  • Community health and safety
  • Cultural and traditional (post-mining) land uses
  • Legacy management systems
  • Closure of small-scale and artisanal operations

Engineering and landform design

  • Landform design and ecological restoration
  • Engineering design
  • Incorporating GISTM in closure and post-closure design
  • Innovated technical designs
  • Surface water control
  • Erosion control
  • Habitat development and recolonization
  • Rehabilitation performance monitoring
  • Incorporating climate change

Decommissioning and waste management

  • Mine infrastructure decommissioning
  • Construction, decommissioning, waste management
  • Recycling – maximizing asset values
  • Material stewardship
  • Hazardous materials

Ecosystem reconstruction

  • Nutrient cycling
  • Pollinators
  • Litters and plant–soil feedbacks
  • Root establishment and soil depth
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant–microbe symbionts
  • Soil fertility

Financing and cost estimation

  • Financing closure
  • Estimating closure costs
  • Estimating and financing post-closure costs
  • Due diligence assessments
  • Asset value creation

Site remediation and impact management

  • Contaminant clean-up
  • Residual impact
  • Water management
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Outcome-based risk management

Project management and execution

  • Delivery methods
  • Case studies
  • Construction tolerances
  • Implementing new technologies