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WATER MANAGEMENT

How nature reveals an improved path to mine water management By Patrick Martel

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ave you noticed that the more complex the problems we face in our lives, the more complex strategies we are deploying to solve them? In the mining industry, the same situation applies. Organizations have now become extremely complex ecosystems. It is sometimes difficult to understand how they really work and interact.

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And what if simplicity was the solution to solve complex problems? Nature has a lot to teach us. Nature can simultaneously and intelligently manage multiple ecosystems of infinite complexity. It manages to evolve constantly in harmony despite the constant integration of new elements that interfere with the entire system. Its flexibility is unbeatable. Human beings tend to conceive and deploy solutions in “machine” terms,

organized in a hierarchical framework. Constantly changing external environments inevitably force these machines to become more complex. Thus, humans in their efforts to adapt are reacting to their changing environment by adding new components instead of responding with flexibility and agility. Take the example of the relatively complex problem of water management CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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Canadian Mining Journal February/March 2019  

Find out about new Canadian mining and exploration trends, technologies, mining operations, corporate developments and industry events.

Canadian Mining Journal February/March 2019  

Find out about new Canadian mining and exploration trends, technologies, mining operations, corporate developments and industry events.

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