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Closure, Restoration & Aftercare Management Plan

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

Challenge the practice is addressing: In order to make the Mine closure process easier, the Closure, Restoration and Aftercare Management Plan, or CRAMP, was created. Throughout the procedure (active and passive closure, and aftercare) this strategy ran continually. Every year, all of the CRAMP paperwork were reviewed and updated as necessary.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The plan specified the steps to be taken in order to minimize the socioeconomic effects of the mine closure on the area while ensuring that the mine and its infrastructure are repaired and returned to agreed-upon environmental standards at the lowest feasible cost. The closing procedure had to be successful, efficient, and long-lasting. In order to address this issue, Lisheen Mine developed a framework for a closure plan through an extensive program of expert consultations and workshops.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The main goal of the aftercare plan is to guarantee that there is a strategy in place when the mine closes that will be able to show that the site is stable and the danger is contained.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is relevant for all extraction companies

Case Study
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Guidelines / guidance document
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Pre-exploration (land-use planning)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Valuing all forms of capital (i.e. natural and social capital)
Benefit sharing
Holistic management and continuous learning
Water stewardship
Air emissions
Land-use and biodiversity
Waste management