7. Conservation of Biodiversity

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Contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land-use planning.

Flourishing ecosystems are essential for the health and wellbeing of all life on Earth. ICMM members recognise that they have an important role in global conservation and commit to neither mine nor explore in World Heritage Sites and respect legally designated areas. They also commit to address impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services caused by operations, by applying the ‘mitigation hierarchy’ to achieve a goal of no-net-loss to biodiversity.

The performance expectations

Developed with extensive input from NGOs, international organisations and academics, our Mining Principles establish baseline performance expectations for a responsible mining and metals industry. These two requirements define ICMM's conservation of biodiversity performance expectations of company members.

  • 7.1: Avoid World Heritage Sites and respect legally designated protected areas

    Neither explore nor develop new mines in World Heritage Sites, respect legally designated protected areas, and design and operate any new operations or changes to existing operations to be compatible with the value for which such areas were designated.

  • 7.2: Apply mitigation hierarchy with ambition of no-net-loss

    Assess and address risks and impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services by implementing the mitigation hierarchy, with the ambition of achieving no-net-loss of biodiversity.[1]

About ICMM's Mining Principles

ICMM’s Mining Principles strengthen social and environmental requirements, on issues such as labour rights, resettlement, gender, access to grievance mechanisms, mine closure, pollution and waste. Watch our film to learn more.

1. The ambition of no net loss applies to new projects and major expansions to existing projects that impact biodiversity and ecosystem services