The Global Tailings Review is a project led by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The Global Tailings Review aims to stablish an international standard that improves the safe and secure management of mine tailings facilities.
The Standard compels stakeholders to implement best practices in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and closure of tailings facilities. The Global Tailings Review has considered the technical aspects of tailings storage facilities, and has recently launched a public consultation to enrich the draft.
The consultation aims to collect feedback from professionals, public authorities, local communities and investors. By reaching out to many experts and communities as possible, the Review intends to produce a robust and credible standard that will be taken up by the industry as broadly and quickly as possible.
The standard draft is available in our Resources page. To participate in the consultation, visit www.globaltailingsreview.org and complete the questionnaire. The consultations is available in many languages and it will be open until the 31 December 2019. The final standard will be published early in 2020.
This is an important step towards preventing catastrophic failures of tailings dam and improving the life of vulnerable communities. Once tailings facilities moved from concept to reality, they become a hazard that must be managed accordingly. The Global Tailings Review calls for innovation within the industry and the application of new technologies to minimise the risk of failure of tailings storage facilities.