Simone Quatrini, Ralf Barkemeyer, Lindsay Stringer, Involving the Mining Sector in Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2016, Pages 55-63 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/involving-mining-sector-achieving-land-degradation-neutrality/) Abstract: Mining companies drive economic growth and progress, but can contribute significantly to environmental degradation if their operations are not carefully managed.6–8 The industry itself cannot operate without disturbing land, so it has direct impact on land quality. While there are several ways of assessing carbon, water, or ecological footprints, there is no comprehensive methodology to assess the whole impact of mining operations on land, including its renewable and abiotic resources. This lack of metrics and knowledge could help to explain the limited engagement by mining companies in sustainable land management (SLM) to date. Tackling this issue could also open up new opportunities for broader engagement of the mining sector in the collective efforts of the international community to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the years ahead.   The main international policy framework addressing land degradation is the United Nations Convention to Combat … Topics: Business; Economy; Ecosystems; Environment; Sustainability