Lindsay is Professor in Environment and Development at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Her research focuses on sustainable land management solutions and the environmental governance mechanisms that can advance sustainable development. In 2013 Lindsay was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her work on environmental change and sustainable development in drylands. In 2015 she was presented with a Women of Achievement Award. She is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for both the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Regional Assessment for Africa and the IPBES Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment.

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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 …

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