Resources development and perception/acceptability : The role of geosciences – S11

Michel Malo (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement)
Michel Jébrak (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Yann Gunzburger (École des Mines de Nancy)
Mining development has become an increasingly major source of preoccupation in our society for the last few decades. Thus, the nature of the interactions between developers and the public in general has changed dramatically, more particularly over the past few years. Geoscientists, and perhaps more specifically exploration geologists are at the forefront of a paradigm shift in this context of heightened public awareness. As Qualified Persons, they are instrumental in the selection, definition/development and reporting of any mining project, including its potential impact on humans and the environment. Geologists are even more often than not the first, or among the first people in the field to interact with the local communities. Therefore, the exploration geologist immediate responsibility now goes well beyond the geology of an area or deposit; it also includes the social aspects of a development project, which implies a good understanding of the human and environmental aspects of any exploration and mining project. The session will discuss what are “social responsibility” and “social acceptability” in a resources development context, how it impacts on project development, and what should be the role of geologists and geosciences.

Keynote speakers include :
Prof. Michel Jébrak (Université du Québec à Montréal – Social geology applied to mineral deposits)
Types of presentation: Talks (up to 8) and Posters