Mining industry resources
What’s the context?Mining has made an important contribution to the economic development of Borneo, however, the environmental impacts of mining have also been severe.
Furthermore, much of the mining in Borneo is for coal; burning coal is a significant contributor to climate change.
As of 2008, there were more than 1.1 million ha of coal concessions within the Heart of Borneo, and of these most were still in the research or exploration phase. This does not include illegal mining activities, which are also significant.
The challenge for the governments’ vision enshrined in the HoB Declaration is to ensure that as producers turn their attention to deposits within the Heart of Borneo, careful spatial planning is conducted, and good regulations are developed and are rigorously and consistently enforced.