By W. M. Telford

The content material of this ebook is past reproach - strong, special good technical information. that is why i purchased it. it is a bit past me as a geologist yet I will not outgrow its content material and that matches me tremendous. i used to be upset by means of the e-book caliber notwithstanding. I knew it was once a paperback, however it turns out a very flimsy paperboard, and for a publication of this measurement and density, it fairly wishes a hardback or a stiffer, harder paperback conceal. it is a operating publication which would prove in a box camp, and for US$70, i'd have fun with a hardback. extra importantly, the textual content caliber is negative, as are the photographs. I in comparison it to the unique (which our workplace has a duplicate of) and it kind of feels they've got scanned the unique book and digitally published it. The textual content has an demanding blur, similar to photocopies, and the pictures (never the easiest within the unique) are furthur degraded and contrasty.
A for content material, C for attempt. B total.

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They should also be clear that the objective is not just to create an inventory of the plant and animal species that are present but to evaluate the overall biodiversity importance. Often the most significant challenges of baseline assessments are to incorporate spatial and seasonal variations, as insufficient time may be available to develop an accurate assessment. This highlights the importance of starting assessments early in the mine cycle to establish pre-project trends from which changes can be measured.

For example, the company could consider donating plants or seed to schools and community groups for local revegetation projects, providing training programs on rehabilitation and managing conservation values, communicating (through newsletters) and sponsoring species management and recovery plans. In establishing closure targets and objectives with respect to biodiversity, estimates and provisions should be made for the costs of closure. ICMM has recently published a relevant study on financial assurance for mine closure and reclamation (see Section D).

Whereas the focus of efforts during new project development is almost exclusively on impact prediction and mitigation, the operational phase often provides opportunities for biodiversity protection and enhancement. For newer mining projects, the operational impacts will have been assessed and considered in detail during the ESIA process. 2 provides guidance on how to identify the interfaces between mining operations and biodiversity and to determine whether biodiversity impacts represent “significant environmental aspects” (in EMS parlance).

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