Revelation of the demands and problems directed towards the reduction of the environmental risks caused by the RA metal mineral tailings
The speakers addressed the attention of the audience to the environmental impact of hazardous tailing dams and possible prevention of hazards. In this regard, special emphasis was put on the observance of the standards related to the engineering and seismic construction of tailings. The report dwelled upon such subjects as the hazard classes of tailings, management of their passport making and cadastre, the monitoring for the purpose of defining the impact on the environment, other actual questions. For the first time there were mentioned such problems as the formation of sanitary zones around mining objects and definition of their size, as well as the introduction of the compulsory insurance of the responsibility the owner of a hazardous object holds related to the mining activity. After presenting quite detailed information on the above mentioned questions, R.S. Movsesyan drew forward the main suggestions concerning the reduction of the negative impact the mining industry has on the environment. The report was followed by an active discussion, questions and suggestions made by the representatives of both the scientific sphere and the RA Ministry of Ecology.
At the end of the meeting the OSCE experts Giovanni Pardini and Doug Hickman made their speech. Highly appreciating the presented work, they praised the idea of organizing a round table meeting and similar discussions. The experts made a brief presentation of the experience and the applied policy in the sphere of mining industry in their own countries.
The report was prepared by the Sustainable Development Center of Yerevan State University with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan
Head of the YSU Sustainable Development Centre,
Associate professor PhD of
Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, R.S. Movsesyan