The paper "The Implementation of Sustainable Development Values - Bauxite" is an outstanding example of a management case study. Although Bauxite was known to exist in Jamaica at the beginning of the 19th century, commercial exploration of the element began in the last decades of the century. Since the start of commercial research, Jamaica has incorporated sustainable development as a significant aspect of the mining industry policy (Brauer 2013). This paper addresses the implementation of sustainable development values in the country’ s mining industry with the primary focus being on Bauxite.
This is a matter of concern especially because it relates to environmental protection and Jamaican people’ s welfare, predominantly those living in zones full of mining procedures. In the last 15 years, the Jamaican government has put efforts on the management of the environment and protection as stipulated in the constitution and international requirements for ensuring sustainable development (Evans, Nordheim & Tsesmelis 2012). The process of sustainable development has got its challenges in the country’ s struggle for minerals. These challenges are addressed in this report and proposed solutions that can be implemented to ensure that the metal satisfactorily meets the economic demands of the nation. Key Words: Sustainability, Mineral Sector, Environment, Mining, Bauxite Sustainability is the level at which the available resources can meet their demands without causing adverse effects on the individuals and the environment.
The mineral sector is an industry that deals with mining, processing and distribution of mineral products. The environment refers to the resources and the surrounding. Mining is the act of extraction of mineral elements from their sources. Bauxite is the chief commercial ore of aluminium that consists of largely hydrated alumina with varying iron oxide proportions (Lewis 2012). Historical Context of Sustainability Challenge The mineral sector plays a very significant role in the Jamaican economy.
The mineral industry accounts for about 10% of the overall GDP, making it the single largest contributor to the country’ s economy. Bauxite mining is a capital intensive industry that currently employs only 3500 workers. This is a drop from 6900 workers in 1975, probably because of rationalization and modernization of the industry. After the first shipment of the mineral element to Jamaica in 1952, the production of the Bauxite rapidly increased and by the end of 1957, the country had become the leading producer of bauxite in the world with a production capacity of up to 6 million tons annually (Fuentes-George, 2013).
During the 1970s, the bauxite industry experienced challenges in changes of ownership. The changes altered the way the industry contributed to the Jamaican economy. The exploiting companies were subsidiary owned by North American companies, but the Jamaican Government bought 51% of some companies operating locally (Grant, Lalor & Balcá zar 2012). The challenge of integrating mining activities with environmental integrity and social life remains the biggest concern for bauxite mining in the country.
The industry has faced the challenge of trying to address the issues of wealth construction and reduction of poverty since 2004. The use of the sustainable development concept in the mineral industry is basically affected by factors such as technology, education and proactive legal measure to uncover the components of industrial mining. This involves aspects such as the promotion of recycling, embracing clean technology, efficient land rehabilitation, minimizing adverse impacts on the people and ensuring desirable environmental practices.
Also, the benefits of sustainable development from the mining sector are expected to be evident through investments in the healthcare, natural amenities, education, technology, good governance and social equality (Schwartz 2014).