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  • Alejandro Hermoza
    Vice President Social and Environmental Affairs, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura, Peru
  • David Mulligan
    Director of Environmental Centers, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation-SMI and The Center for Water in the Minerals Industry-CWiMi, The University of Queensland, Australia

Managing the mine environment from design to post-closure

It is with great pleasure that I have taken on the role of chair the Organizing Committee of the International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry which will take place from 2nd to 4th December, 2015 in Lima, Peru.

Environmental management in the mining industry has become more and more important particularly due to two factors: firstly, climate changes affecting the planet and secondly, increasingly demanding government regulations. This has meant that mining companies are dedicating more efforts to environmental research and are adapting their processes and operations and therefore making this a critical factor for competitiveness.

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It is worth mentioning that the High Andean region, which is most vulnerable to climate change, is where the majority of mining operations are located. With this in mind, mining investment is one of the few activities that can be carried out in a competitive and sustainable way in that region and offers many opportunities in terms of employment, infrastructure, social development and education.

A number of initiatives promoted by the mining business have contributed to the development of our countries and are focused on the responsible and integrated management of water and energy. Thus, progress in innovation and technology has become key to environmental management with a focus on the following areas:

Solid waste and water management services | Monitoring of air quality | Afforestation and Reforestation | Participatory management | Remediation and Environmental Damage Reparation | Corporate responsibility and local community relations.
Mining provides opportunities to generate environmental assets that help mitigate the effects of climate change and / or adapt to them. Mining activity therefore allows us to acquire new knowledge that can also be applicable to other industrial manufacturing processes and, most importantly, can contribute significantly to improving the condition and quality of human life and the environment in general.

In this respect, I would like to extend a special invitation to business owners and professionals from the mining sector, researchers and academics, consultants, government representatives and the general public interested in environmental management and mining.

Let´s ensure that during Environmine 2015 we present the most pertinent scientific and industry advances and that we discuss the best technical proposals thereby helping to strengthen the competitiveness of mining activities and their contribution to building sustainable and prosperous countries.

Best regards,

Alejandro Hermoza
Vice President Social and Environmental Affairs, Compañía de Minas Buenaventura, Peru