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A practical guide to consistent water reporting

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This practice addresses consistent water reporting due to its standard as fundamentally critical resource in industries, communities and for the natural environment. In particular in water stressed areas, water depended industries are facing increasingly intense scrutiny. One of the affected industries is the mining and metals industry considering its high water dependency.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: To meet the disclosure expectations, ICMM has developed guidelines for the mining and metals industry to support them in making consistent, transparent and material water reports. The report focuses on defining a set of standardised water reporting metrics, outlining the minimum disclosure standard and providing practical guidance.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: This practice aims to supports better water use, effective catchment management and to contribute to overall improved water security and sanitation for all.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is in particular relevant for industry contexts.

A practical guide to consistent water reporting (p. 3-4)
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Guidelines / guidance document
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Pre-exploration (land-use planning)
Pre-exploitation / development stage (e.g. feasibility study)
Exploitation phase
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Extractives' role in closing cycles
Water stewardship
System change potential
consistent water reporting to improve water use and effective catchment management
outlining the minimum disclosure standard and providing practical guidance.