The Dutch contribution to Mining Indaba include the following events on Wednesday, 10 February 2016:
Key Note by Special Envoy for Natural Resources, Dirk-Jan Koch: Mining and Water challenges, mitigating todays risks and into the future
The Netherlands as a country has shown how it has dealt with the vast water challenges the country faces, given that half the country is below the sea level. It has done this through a system of dykes, in which participatory governance played a key role. Increasingly, we notice that one of the most important threats for the mines is effective water management. Therefore, the Dutch government together with Dutch enterprises are working in close partnership within a new water & mining platform in order to share expertise.
Dirk Jan Koch, Dutch Special Envoy for Natural Resources, will explain the challenges and share some of the biggest successes achieved by the Dutch integrated water approach, and also highlight where we think more efforts are needed.
14.00 – 16.00:
Special Information Session: Integrated water resources for sustainable mining
The sustainability of water resources is becoming a key challenge for the growth and long-term survival of the mining sector in many countries. It faces many challenges. Most countries with intensive mining are facing acute water stress, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Companies are faced with fast changing regulation due to water scarcity or water quality problems.
Additionally, the problem is compounded by increasing water supply prices as well as competing demands from other users and stakeholders at river catchment level; such as agriculture and municipal. This session aims to show the benefits of an integrated, sustainable approach to water & mining challenges. The Dutch have combined their experience in participatory approaches with innovative technologies and partnerships to provide sustainable solutions for the mining sector.
After a plenary introduction by Dutch Special Envoy for Natural Resources Dirk Jan Koch, followed by an interview with Anthony Turnton (University of the Free State) and Mike Buxton (Delft University of Technology) there will be three break-away roundtables on ‘sustainable reservoir and mine management’; ‘sustainable water resources’; ‘innovative technologies and multi-stakeholder partnerships’.
The roundtables are presented by Royal IHC, Witteveen+Bos, Royal HaskoningDHV, and Fugro.
Following the Special Information Session, there will be a networking opportunity after, hosted by the Netherlands Consulate General.