The workshop will acknowledge Kazakhstan’s aspirations to become one of the top 30 global economies by 2050 and steps that it is taking towards a more sustainable model of development. In this context, it is recognised that best practice mineral waste management in the EU and other OECD countries is of interest to the mining industry in Kazakhstan.
The workshop will comprise four interactive sessions covering the following topics:
Mineral waste management aspirations – future visions for mineral waste management that are emerging in OECD countries, based on “green economy” and “smart green mining” concepts, and current best practice mineral waste management as defined in the EU.
- Mineral waste characterisation – the EU approach to waste characterisation (which is being considered for introduction in Kazakhstan, according to the Kazakhstan Green Concept Policy), and the challenges it presents for mine waste characterisation, and how waste characterisation is critical to the design of mines and mine waste management in OECD countries.
- Engineering to meet best practice requirements – realistic engineering solutions to meeting these requirements in Kazakhstan.
- Engineering to ensure safety of tailings storage facilities – dam breach incidents around the world emphasise a need for a more thorough approach to safety, this session will focus on requirements essential for ensuring safety during operation and closure, including foundation and tailings characterisation, design methods, construction quality assurance and geotechnical monitoring.