Environmental Guiding Principles

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) recognizes that for present and future generations environmental stewardship is a fundamental cornerstone of a safe, modern, and sustainable mineral exploration and mining sector.

As such, in conducting their activities, AME BC members should strive to:  

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Communicate these guiding principles and our collective commitment to respect and care for the environment to our members, communities of interest, Aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies, and international stakeholders. 

       

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Wherever possible, incorporate local or traditional knowledge and practice into baseline studies and the management of environmental issues. Be respectful of the nature of such information and maintain confidentiality as and when requested to do so.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Ethically manage their activities to comply with applicable permits, laws, and regulations. In the absence of specific regulations, members should adopt B.C.’s best management practices to prevent or reduce environmental impacts and to promote sustainable development initiatives. 

 

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Use environmental protection plans or management systems that ensure identification of environmental impacts, effective implementation of mitigation, follow-up monitoring, emergency planning and response, auditing, reporting, and continual improvement in all areas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Efficiently manage energy, resources, and materials and prevent pollution of the air, land, and water by implementing scientifically proven and economically feasible technologies during all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle. 

 

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Use a management and reporting structure that allocates appropriate resources to meet environmental obligations during all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle. 

           

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Balance economic, social, and environmental considerations. Help protect vulnerable habitats and species when feasible. Respect legally designated protected areas.

 

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Support efforts to remediate and mitigate historical mineral exploration impacts. Use a science-based approach in cooperation with relevant regulatory agencies, communities of interest, and Aboriginal peoples. 

            

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Conduct initial and periodic assessments, baseline studies, and environmental assessments in an effective, efficient, and transparent manner.

 

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Try to reuse and recycle products and materials used in all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle.

            

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Continuously seek opportunities to improve environmental performance and regularly report progress to our members, communities of interest, Aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies, and international stakeholders.  

  

“Have a safe day, everyday.”

Approved by the Board of Directors,
Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, September 15, 2009 

 

Robert Stevens, Chairman

Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO