Managing biodiversity 

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Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life on earth, and its conservation requires leadership and collaboration from all sectors.

According to the global conservation organisation WWF the rapid loss of species being seen today is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. To help address this, one of the ICMM 10 Principles requires member companies to ‘contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land use planning’. In doing so, members are expected to:

ICMM supports the ‘mitigation hierarchy’ – an internationally recognised approach designed to help limit, as far as possible, the adverse impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The mitigation hierarchy comprises a sequence of four key actions:

Through implementing these commitments and approaches, ICMM members have produced significant improvements in their biodiversity management. And in working to international leading practice, members have been able to demonstrate that the biodiversity conservation and mining can co-exist