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Best Environmental Practices in the Mining Sector in the Barents Region

International Conference 23-25 April 2013

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The natural resources of the Barents Region are of strategic importance for Europe. One intensively developing sector is mining, which will bring new opportunities to the region, but which will also cause changes in the environment. The Conference on Best Environmental Practices in the Mining Sector in the Barents Region was held in Rovaniemi in April 2013. The Conference targeted the environmental issues connected to the mining sector and promoted best environmental practices for mines in the Barents Region. The overall goal for the Conference was to increase awareness of the challenges in the mining sector and to exchange information on assessing and managing social and environmental concerns. These Conference proceedings present the Concept Note on Common Challenges of the Conference and the abstracts of the presentations.

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Environment and social values

In addition to economic benefits, mining activities create adverse environmental effects which cause costs and loss of well-being in the surrounding society. These external impacts include noise disturbances and odour nuisances, harmful emissions to water and air, as well as the destruction and disturbance of ecosystems. Even if these impacts can be highly significant, in the decision-making they often do not get the weight they need as many of them are not easily measurable in monetary terms or not even quantifiable, and thus they are not directly comparable to the benefits of mining. However, if these external costs are not taken into consideration, the decisions made are not optimal or sustainable from society’s point of view.

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