Policy Analysis and Indicator Identification - overview
The social acceptability of a mining project, from exploration to closure, is among the major key issues to be addressed by the EO-MINERS project.
One of the key objectives of the project is to assess the information needs from policies at macro (public) and micro (mining companies) levels. This task, referred to as Work Package 1 (WP1), will commence with the identification of the needs from industry, regulatory bodies and stakeholders (society, NGOs) to evaluate the indicators and parameters to be taken into account in the assessment of the environmental, socio-economic and societal footprints of the extractive industry at each stage of a project, from exploration to exploitation and closure. This will enable the definition of those criteria and indicators (environmental, socio-economic, societal and sustainable development ) that can be addressed by Earth Observation methods and to be used during the EO tools and methods development phase over demonstration sites.
The identification of policy requirements and associated indicators will facilitate various EO methods in ensuring reliable and objective information is made readily available about affected ecosystems, populations and societies and determining the social acceptability of individual mining projects.