- 2014 Performance
- Future Focus
Both local communities and our operations rely on healthy and functioning ecosystems. Because mine-related activities can have an impact on biodiversity, we work in partnership with governments, civil society and communities and use the latest science and best practices for biodiversity management, so we can deliver sustainable conservation outcomes.
Our commitment to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services considerations into our business to achieve no net loss of biodiversity is stated in our Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Policy. Supporting this policy commitment and guiding our approach is our Biodiversity Management Standard, which details the minimum requirements and mechanisms for measuring our performance.
All projects and expansions at existing sites must conduct assessments that identify potential impacts of our activities on biodiversity and ecosystems, with particular attention to biodiversity values that are key to the specific area. We use the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) – which was developed by Birdlife International, Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre – to identify legally protected and high biodiversity value areas.
In consultation with stakeholders, sites must develop biodiversity objectives that meet the following requirements depending on the mine lifecycle phase of the site:
Sites with key biodiversity values must have Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) that satisfy the Mitigation Hierarchy, which is to:
- Avoid impacts by locating facilities and access routes away from natural and critical habitats;
- Minimize impacts through the use of appropriate management systems and mine plan designs that limit land disturbance throughout the mine life;
- Restore/rehabilitate ecosystems by progressively rehabilitating affected areas during operations and at closure with a goal of eliminating the impact over time through preservation or maintenance; and
- Offset residual impacts through programs to compensate for biodiversity losses when long-term residual impacts cannot be avoided.
We comply with all regulations and requirements for mine exploration and operations within any geographically defined areas that are designated, regulated or managed as protected areas and strive for no net loss of key biodiversity values. As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Newmont commits to not explore or mine in world heritage sites, which are considered to be of outstanding global value.
We currently have mining operations in regions that have been identified by Conservation International as biodiversity hotspots – namely, the Tropical Andes (Peru), the Guinean Forests of West Africa (including Ghana), New Zealand, Southwest Australia, and Wallacea (Indonesia). Within these hotspots, limited portions of two mining operations are located in key biodiversity areas as defined by Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) and Birdlife International. These include the AZE site of El Chiche and the Important Bird Area (IBA) of Rio Cajamarca in Peru and the Tatar Sepang on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia.
|Operation||Location||Key biodiversity area (KBA)||Position relative to protected area||Size of operational site (km2)||Ecological sensitivity||Mitigation plan|
|Yanacocha||Peru||Rio Cajamarca IBA||Contains portions of||63||IBA and AZE site for grey-bellied comet||Frequent biological monitoring assessments; however, no assessments have identified the presence of the grey-bellied comet in 20 years|
|Batu Hijau||Sumbawa, Indonesia||Tatar Sepang IBA||Contains portions of||14||IBA for yellow-crested cockatoo and flores green-pigeon||Conservation programs with local stakeholders and monitoring the existing bird population to assess conservation status|
|Boddington||Western Australia||Birdlife International "Endemic Bird Area of Southwest Australia"||Contains portions of||92||Black cockatoo||Partnership with Murdoch University to conduct research to restore black cockatoo feeding habitats at mine sites within the Jarrah forest and, more generally, in landscapes throughout southwestern Australia|
We also work to improve our biodiversity performance and identify leading practices we can integrate into our management systems through ongoing participation in industry initiatives and partnerships with conservation organizations. Newmont plays a leading role on the ICMM Biodiversity Steering Committee, and we are founding members of ICMM’s Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI).