Mine Rehabilitation, Tailings Remediation, Environmental Stewardship in Mining, Responsible Mining

Zulaa is an ecologist and mine rehabilitation specialist based in Brisbane, Australia. She has 10+ years of experience combined in academia and mining industry. She delivered numerous international training and capacity building programs for SMI centres. She convened programs on environmental management in mining, improving mine closure policies and regulatory environment, land rehabilitation in large-scale mines, and linking responsible mining agenda to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. She extended SMI outreach in Mongolia through extensive network of professionals in the government, mining industry, academia, and civil society.

Zulaa provided advice on Mongolian eco-systems, cultural and organisational contexts for a socio-ecological research project “Managing the Impacts of Minerals Development on Women and Men and Their Traditional Livelihoods in Mongolia” (AusAID Flagship). Zulaa obtained her PhD at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, in mined land rehabilitation for base metal mines, as part of a multi-component research funded by Xstrata Copper. Prior to joining SMI, she had worked as an environmental liaison for Xanadu Mines Ltd and a research officer at the Institute of Geoecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. She is an associate member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand.


Recently,  she has been involved in the works of UNDP (Mongolia and Asia regional Hub) and Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) in promoting responsible mining and environmental stewardship in mining regions. She has co-authored a training manual ‘Responsible Mining’, which specifically designed for small and medium scale mining companies and local governments (sub-national).