The Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines is pleased to host members of the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education Program (PIRE) Responsible Mining, Responsible Communities project – Kathleen Smits, Michelle Schwartz, and Jose Velasquez, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington presenting at webinar titled Environmental Remediation in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining Communities on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00am – 12:00pm (MT).
Environmental Remediation in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining Communities: Incorporating Stakeholder Knowledge into Action
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is one of the largest contributors to deforestation and mercury pollution in the world, resulting in widespread land, water, and air quality harms for rural and indigenous communities. Remediation, or the cleanup of contamination, is an understudied dimension of sustainable ASGM, but it serves as a key example of the need for socio-technical engineering interventions. Few scientific studies integrate social sciences and environmental remediation, focusing instead on either the environmental remediation or social concerns. Through surveys, interviews, and site visits, we identify pre-existing environmental projects address community-identified environmental concerns and offer opportunities for further collaboration between ASGM communities and technical experts (e.g., mine tailing recycling and remediation). Our work provides a framework that utilizes stakeholder engagement at the onset of remediation activity that can be applied broadly to remediation projects in developing countries.
Welcome and Introduction
Kathleen Smits – Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
Michelle Schwartz – Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington
Jose Velasquez – MS student in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington