Dnipro University of Technology — Compliance with the Time

PROJECT OF GERMAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety
and its Legislative Review in Ukraine

Duration: 06/2016 05/2017

Implementing organisation: State Higher Educational Institution National Mining University and LLC Ecoplatform as the sub-contractor


Environmental disasters caused by the failures of tailing management facilities (TMFs) are a worldwide problem. In Ukraine hundreds TMFs are potentially dangerous for humans and environment. The previously developed Methodology for improving TMF safety based on the UNECE Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for TMFs as well as a Tailings Hazard Index (THI) to evaluate and establish a common safety standard in TMFs address this problem with a sustainable solution.

Ash dump of a thermal power plant in Ukraine (Source: DTEK "Dniproenergo)

To cope with the TMF-related challenges in Ukraine on a practical level, the project aims at raising knowledge on TMF safety among Ukrainian students of environmental and mining sciences. Relevant courses given by leading international and national experts in industrial safety provided both theoretical and practical training on the abovementioned instruments. The developed education course is recommended for the inclusion in the curricula of participating universities and to the state education programmes, which was appreciated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. A new e-learning tool based on the TMF Methodology was tested on the NMU online platform for further applications.

Additionally, the project reviewed the legislative background on how Ukraine fulfils its obligations under Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries being part of the requirements of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The review suggested a roadmap, recommendations on the improvement of TMF safety management in Ukraine and an Action Plan for the implementation of the Directive by the relevant national authorities in Ukraine.

The project results will be valuable for universities training students according to mining and environmental curricula worldwide and for countries facing similar environmental problems caused by mining activities.

This project was funded by the German Federal Environment Ministrys Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the EU. It was supervised by the German Environment Agency.

Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union a programme of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

AAP Project service unit: AAP-info@uba.de

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