Biodiversity and the future of the mining industry

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Room 803
Mineral extraction has considerable direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. This session will share good practice experience and knowledge in mitigating potential biodiversity impacts associated with mining activities. A number of approaches, tools and mechanisms to help the mining industry understand and minimise biodiversity impacts will be explored, drawing on experience from UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Conservation International, The Biodiversity Consultancy, and Rio Tinto.
These will include:

• Proteus – a unique partnership with leading extractive companies, started in 2003, dedicated to strengthening global biodiversity data, and supporting companies in adopting effective biodiversity mitigation strategies, compatible with an ecosystem approach;

• The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) – a web-based tool providing the most authoritative global data on biodiversity, used by mining companies to understand biodiversity sensitivities across their portfolios;

• Critical Habitat Assessments – an approach to assess the biodiversity importance of an area (e.g. threatened and restricted-range species and ecosystems, protected areas) seen as good practice by many companies and used by development finance organisations including the International Finance Corporation;

• Understanding impacts in freshwater ecosystems - Collaboration between Conservation International and a leading extractive company led to the design and development of a freshwater component in the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT). This new functionality allows IBAT users to interpret information regarding freshwater species at a site, the degree to which those species are at risk, and additional species at risk in basins that are hydrologically connected (upstream and downstream) to that site;

• Forest-smart mining – an approach, with emerging examples of application, to both minimize direct and indirect impacts of mining on forests, and to pursue opportunities for positive forest outcomes. As the mining industry responds to future demands for resources, the localised impacts of mining will continue to be scrutinised, and this is an area where the industry can demonstrate leadership.
Organizers: Jonty Knox UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Biodiversity and the future of the mining industry

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