MMSD – final report

Presenting the principal conclusions of the IIED/WBCSD project Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) – the most ambitious study yet undertaken on the role of minerals in sustainable development. This is the final report from the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) project.

Article, 03 March 2009

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Final report

Breaking New Ground: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development

Drawing on the project’s two-year process of consultation and research, Breaking New Ground describes the minerals sector and its relationship with concepts of sustainable development, and offers an agenda for change for immediate and future actions.


Table of contents
Foreword | Statement by assurance group | Statement by sponsors' group
Executive summary

Part I : A framework for change | Chapter 1: The minerals sector and sustainable development

Part II: Current trends and actors | Chapter 2: Producing and selling minerals
Chapter 3: A profile of the minerals sector
Chapter 4: The need for and availability of minerals
Chapter 5: Case studies on minerals

Part III: Challenges | Chapter 6: Viability of the minerals industry
Chapter 7: The control, use, and management of land
Chapter 8: Minerals and economic development
Chapter 9: Local communities and mines
Chapter 10: Mining, minerals and the environment
Chapter 11: An integrated approach to using minerals
Chapter 12: Access to information
Chapter 13: Artisanal and small-scale mining
Chapter 14: Sector governance: roles, responsibilities and instruments for change

Part IV: Responses and recommendations | Chapter 15: Regional perspectives
Chapter 16: An agenda for change

Acronyms and abbreviations
Appendix 1: The MMSD project
Appendix 2: MMSD consultation activities


Prefacio | Declaración del grupo garante | Declaración del grupo patrocinadores
Resumen ejecutivo

Primera parte: Un marco para el cambio
Capítulo 1: El sector de los minerales y el desarrollo sustentable

Segunda parte: Actores y tendencias actuales
Capítulo 2: Producción y venta de los minerales
Capítulo 3: Perfil del sector de los minerales
Capítulo 4: Necesidad y disponibilidad de minerales
Capítulo 5: Estudios de caso de minerales

Tercera parte: Los desafios
Capítulo 6: Viabilidad de la industria de los minerales
Capítulo 7: Control, uso y manejo del territorio
Capítulo 8: Minerales y desarrollo económico
Capítulo 9: Comunidades locales y minas
Capítulo 10: Minería, minerales y medio ambiente
Capítulo 11: Un enfoque integrado del uso de los minerales
Capítulo 12: Acceso a la información
Capítulo 13: Minería artesanal y en pequeña escala
Capítulo 14: Gobernanza del sector: roles, responsabilidades e instrumentos para el cambio

Cuarta Parte: Respuestas y recomendaciones | Capítulo 15: Perspectivas regionales
Capítulo 16: Una agenda para el cambio

Siglas y abreviaturas
Apéndice 1: El proyecto MMSD | Apéndice 2: Actividades de consulta de MMSD