Mineral products provide essential fuels and raw materials for industrialization and our daily life, but their influences on other aspects of life need to be taken into consideration. While the whole world benefits from mining's contributions, most of the resulting detrimental impacts on the environment and society fall on the local communities. The participation of the local community is one solution to decrease the risks from community-related problems. Subsequently, the requirements of mining sustainable development can be met. A literature review was conducted on mining sustainability and stakeholder participation, and the shortcomings of existing research and difficulties of further study were discussed in detail. This study covers a broad understanding of mining sustainability from a mining community's perspective. In addition, it offers a new mining sustainability scope based on the literature review. Besides the balance of economic, environmental, and social aspects, the mine owner and local community have to be engaged in the new mining sustainability scope. This literature review could improve community engagement and help mining companies to better understand local mining communities.


Mining Engineering


This work was financially supported by the Science and Technology Research Program of Chongqing Municipal Education Commission (Grant No. KJ1705146 and KJ1400323), Key Laboratory of Hydraulic and Waterway Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Chongqing Jiaotong University (Grant No. SLK2017A04), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51504045), and the National Key Lab Research Program of China (2016YFC0402103).

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Industrialization; Literature review; Local participation; Mining; Stakeholder; Sustainability; Sustainable development; Local community; Mining sustainability; Stakeholder engagement

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01 Jun 2018