Flood and drought resilience lessons for the mining industry

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Year: 
2012
Author: 
Vigya Sharma, Shashi van de Graaff, Barton Loechel and Daniel Franks

This factsheet summarises key findings from a project that investigated coal mining operations in Queensland, and examined climate-influenced drought and flooding challenges relevant to the future viability of the industry and local communities [see full report]. The project identified a number of key issues limiting the mining industry’s resilience to extreme weather events: Failure to learn lessons from past experiences, and short-sightedness; Community perceptions of the industry; Difficulty switching industry mindsets between extreme ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ conditions; Tensions between diverging interests of different industry stakeholder groups; Inadequate regional level planning. Policy lessons identified for climate adaptation in the resources sector include: coordinated and timely planning; methodical learning and collective knowledge management, sharing responsibility; better understanding of local and regional contexts; and engagement, communication and collaboration between stakeholders. Further information on the vulnerability of the mining industry to climate change, as well as on the key issues and policy lesson listed above can be found within this factsheet.

Resource Type: 
Factsheet
Location: 
Queensland
Topics: 
Biodiversity, natural resources
Communities
Drought
Finance, business
Flooding
Governance
Infrastructure
Local government

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