Course description

This course examines mine reclamation and considers the impacts of mines—and mining practices—on natural systems and landscapes. Through lectures and on-site visits, we’ll discuss the following topics:

  • legislation, policies and regulations
  • environmental impact assessment, socioeconomic impact assessment and strategic impact assessment
  • land-use planning for agriculture, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, recreation, urban and industrial activities
  • characterization of mine wastes (physical and chemical properties)
  • site preparation and re-vegetation
  • contaminant remediation, ecological risk assessment and ecotoxicology
  • site decommissioning, closure and environmental management systems
  • reclamation ecology (individual, population, community and landscape)
  • reclamation performance and/or compliance monitoring

Concepts are presented using domestic and international case studies representing a variety of mine types. 

Course code: ER329

How to register

To register, please call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator (ecorestoration@uvic.ca) before registering.

Credit (diploma) students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

Non-credit (certificate) students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Additional course details

Course credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.

Format

Semi-distance format requiring attendance on campus for five days, plus readings/assignments to be completed before and after the on-campus portion of the course.

Prerequisites

Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

Next offering

Summer, 2018