December 2019
Volume 71    Issue 12

Enhancing sustainability through the optimization of water management systems

Mining Engineering , 2019, Vol. 71, No. 12, pp. 26-26
Gibson, Dennis; Gonzalez, Sergio; Philippe , Raymond; Pretorius, Corne


Current estimates suggest that by 2050, nearly 10 billion people will populate the earth, all requiring food, water, shelter and energy, driving demand for the metals and minerals that the mining industry provides. With this increase in population, rising standards of living, increased urbanization and climate change — which is driving both extremes of water scarcity and flooding — water-associated risks are expected to increase proportionally.

This has led to the United Nations declaring 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action in “Water for Sustainable Development,” and releasing an accompanying resolution emphasizing sustainable development and integrated water resources management. The mining sector will be challenged to play an important role in this action as it continues to interface with local communities and the environment.  

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