Integrating Mining and Biodiversity Conservation: Case studies from around the world

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This publication includes examples of work done on biodiversity conservation by Alcoa, Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Freeport McMoRan, the Mining Association of Canada, Noranda, Rio Tinto, and WMC Resources Ltd. and their experiences with biodiversity conservation in various parts of the world are well covered too, with case studies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, and South Africa.

New partnerships is one recurring theme throughout. In Australia, for example, a partnership formed by WMC, the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Department for Environment & Heritage and Friends of Arid Recovery has established a 60-square-kilometre fenced reserve from which all feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated in order to provide a protected area into which locally extinct mammals can be reintroduced. In South Africa, what began as a confrontation between mining and conservation gradually changed the way Anglo American Base Metals viewed its responsibilities towards biodiversity conservation and then catalysed the company's direct involvement in implementing actions that meet conservation targets. And in Brazil, environmental education is provided to schoolchildren at a centre built by Alcoa especially for this purpose. Working with an NGO from Curitiba, the Society of Wildlife Research, the centre has provided environmental instruction to 65,000 youngsters over 11 years.

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