Thematic Areas

Proposed Topics

** This suggested list of topics is not exhaustive. Abstracts and papers may be submitted for another topic under any of the main themes below.

  • Pre-Conference Workshops

    Confirmed Workshops

    Two French Workshops (taught by French-speaking experts):

    • Gestion des Déchets Solides Municipaux et Conception des Sites d' Enfouissements
    • Méthodes D'Analyse des Sols et des Echantillions Environementaux

  • Environment, Health and Safety Management
    • Impact of Industrial Activities on Water, Land and Air
    • Health and Safety Issues in the Natural Resource Sectors
    • Accident and Emergency Management
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Training
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Communication
    • Risk Assessment and Management
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Audits
    • Environmental Accounting and Reporting
    • Industrial Activities and Human Health

  • Oil and Gas Extraction and Environment
    • Environmental Impact Assessment, Permitting and Management
    • Operational Opportunities and Challenges
    • Impact and Management of Spills
    • Air Pollution Control and Prevention Technologies
    • Waste Management in the Tar Sands Sector
    • Reclamation Practices
    • Biotechnology and Bioremediation of Petro-chemicals
    • Mobility of Recalcitrant Petro-chemicals
    • Water Management Issues
    • Sustainable Management Strategies
    • Oil and Gas Well Abandonment Considerations
    • Environmental and Socio–Economic Challenges

  • Forestry and Environment
    • Soil Erosion and Stabilization Management
    • Sustainable Logging Activities
    • Carbon Cycling and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
    • Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Forestry Roads
    • Forestry Practices and Riparian Protection and Management
    • Sediment Control and Watershed Management
    • Terrain Analysis and Soil Rehabilitation
    • Emerging Technologies for Environmental Protection
    • Regulatory Issues in Forestry
    • Land Rehabilitation
    • Environmental and Socio–Economic Challenges in Forestry

  • Mining and Environment
    • Environmental Impact Assessment, Permitting and Management
    • Environmental Issues in Surface and Underground Mining
    • Mine Waste Management – Waste Characterization and Disposal
    • Mineral Processing and the Environment
    • Water Management – Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Balance
    • Control and Treatment of Contaminated Groundwater
    • Surface Stabilization and Erosion Control of Mining Wastes
    • Tailings Storage Facilities – Planning, Design, Operating, Decommissioning and Closure Issues
    • Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching Issues
    • Prediction, Prevention and Treatment of ARD
    • Small Scale Mining: Economics, Technology and the Environment
    • Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance Programs for Mine Waste Storage Facilities
    • Baseline Data Collection and Environmental Performance Monitoring
    • Mine Waste Mitigation Technologies
    • Environmental Regulations
    • Environmental and Socio–Economic Challenges
    • Mine Reclamation Financial Cost Management
    • Towards Sustainable Mining – Evolution of the Mining Sector
    • Mine Site Decommissioning, Closure and Reclamation
    • Energy Management – Energy Audits and Conservation
    • Good Management Practices – Case Studies

  • State-of-the-Art Technologies for Environmental Performance and Protection
    • Applications of Geographical Information Systems
    • Application of Non-Evasive Monitoring Techniques – Geophysical and Remote Sensing Methods
    • Emerging Technologies for Environmental Monitoring
    • Conventional Treatment – Chemical Treatment
    • Passive Treatment Systems – Natural and Constructed Wetlands
    • Cotreatment Technologies
    • Alternative Approaches - Use of Contaminated Water for Recovery of Metals
    • Bioremediation and Eco Technologies
    • Emerging Technologies for Environmental Protection

  • Integration of Gender in Environmental Management
    • Gender and Work Patterns in the Work Place
    • Gender Representation in Environmental Impact Studies
    • Gender Representation in the Environmental Workforce
    • Strategies for Involving Women in Framing Environmental Policies
    • Role of Non-governmental Women Organizations in National Environmental Policy Making

  • Environmental Monitoring Institutions and Policy Development
    • Challenges Facing Environmental Monitoring Institutions in Developing Countries
    • Strategies for Implementing and Enforcing Environmental Regulations
    • Implementation of the Polluter Pays Policy: Successes and Challenges
    • Capacity Building of Environmental Monitoring Institutions in Developing Countries

  • Sustainability, Corporate Investment and Social Responsibility
    • Sustainable Natural Resources Development – Examples from the Continents
    • Strategic Environmental Partnerships for Corporate Investments and Resource Exploitation
    • The Roles of Government and Private Sector in Social Responsibility
    • Collective Bargaining and Social Responsibility

Publication of Papers

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. We have also accepted an invitation from Springer of The Netherlands to publish selected papers in an established book series. Selected papers will also be published in a refereed journal.