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ArticleName Economic evaluation of environmental impact of mining: ecosystem approach
DOI 10.17580/em.2020.01.06
ArticleAuthor Dushin A. V., Ignatуeva M. N., Yurak V. V., Ivanov A. N.

Ural state mining university, The Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russia:

Dushin A. V., Rector, Doctor of Economic Sciences
Ivanov A. N., Senior Lecturer


Ural state mining university, The Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russia1 ; Institute of Economics, The Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russia2:

Ignatуeva M. N.1, 2, Doctor of Economic Sciences,
Yurak V. V.1, 2, Associate Professor, Candidate of Economic Sciences


The article considers the most important aspects of ecosystem approach implementation in mining. It requires the integrated economic assessment of the environmental consequences and the entire list of ecosystem services supplied by forest ecosystems most subjected anthropogenic impact of mineral mining. The authors identify the main ecosystem services supplied by forests and indirectly providing economic benefits to their consumers: maintenance of air composition in the atmosphere (carbon sequestration and oxygen production); air purification and water protection associated with an increase in precipitation and soil protection from erosion. The scientific novelty consists in the improvement of guidelines for economic assessment of ecosystem services generated by natural capital of the territories under consideration. The guidelines are developed for assessing the ecosystem service on air composition maintenance at various degree of detalization. The introduction of the decrease in precipitation due to rainfall retention by forest canopy in the economic assessment of water protection service is substantiated. The article systematizes approaches to economic assessment approaches of soil protection ecoservice, which allows selecting the most appropriate method for the specific conditions. The experience of using the discounting procedure in economic valuation of ecosystem services is summarized and analyzed.

The research was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in accordance with the state assignment for Ural State Mining University No. 0833-2020-0008, “Development and environmental and economic substantiation of the technology for reclamation of land disturbed by the mining and metallurgical complex based on reclamation materials and fertilizers of a new type”. We obtained the scientific results with the staff of Center for the collective use by using the equipment of the Center for the collective use of scientific equipment of the Federal Scientific Center of biological systems and agricultural technologies of RAS (No Ross RU.0001.21 PF59, the Unified Russian Register of Centers for Collective Use –

keywords Mining, impact, consequences, economic assessment/evaluation, ecosystem services, economic damage

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