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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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Concept Note on Common Challenges of the Conference on Best Environmental Practices in the Mining Sector in the Barents Region

The Conference was held on 23–25 April 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland. It was organized within the framework of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council’s Working Group on Environment. The Conference included presentations and panel discussions from key stakeholders in the region and particularly addressed environmental and social impacts of mining in the region. In addition to the presentations and discussions, this Common Challenges Report highlights some of the main issues that have been raised in connection to environmental and social questions of mining and that were discussed at the Conference. The aim of this paper is also to provide ideas for environmental cooperation in the Barents Region.

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