Title: Spain's Greatest and Most Recent Mine Disaster
Citation: DISASTERS vol. 32 no. 1 p. 19-40
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC35958
ISSN: 0361-3666
URI: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119404176/issue
DOI: 10.1111/j.0361-3666.2007.01025.x
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In the spring of 1998, the mineral wastes retaining wall located in Aznalcóllar’s pyrite mine broke open. This disaster caused the most harmful environmental and socioeconomic consequences ever known in the basin of river Guadiamar. Damages were so evident that the Regional Government financed a research project for minimizing and removing all social, economic and environmental negative impacts. Within this context, this paper identifies several strategic measures by means of a SWOT analysis with the aim to provide the main guidelines to policy-makers for implementing a sustainable development model in a broad sense. But however, major efforts have been made so far mainly on environmental issues and still socioeconomic consequences have not completely mitigated, as empirical evidence shows.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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