A Case study: Sustainability of the Communities at Britannia Mine (1903-present) and the Relevance of History to New Mine Developments


A case study of the communities associated with the Britannia copper/gold Mine, operated from 1903 to 1973, located 50 km north of Vancouver, near Britannia Beach, B.C. Canada, is used as a platform to propose an analytical tool to assist the mining industry as it seeks to embrace the many factors included in the concept of sustainable development. It discusses land issues and sustainable communities in the context of three of the four pillars of sustainability: creating wealth, community enrichment; and, community sustainability as an aspect of environmental integrity.
Keywords: Land use, Sustainability, community, geological hazards, Britannia Mine, planning tool, Britannia, Environment, Development, Mine Closure