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Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity

1 December 2006

Developed in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this guide provides an informative, accessible and highly practical reference source on biodiversity that can be used by mining companies at all stages of their operations – from initial exploration to mine closure planning and implementation.

  • The guide and its practical tools help companies:
    • Identify and evaluate biodiversity.
    • Understand the connections between their activities and biodiversity.
    • Assess the likelihood of their activities having negative impacts on biodiversity.
    • Mitigate potential impacts on biodiversity.
    • Develop rehabilitation strategies for affected areas.
    • Contribute to biodiversity conservation.
  • The tools have been divided into three sections according to their main concerns: integration, management and assessment, and mitigation and rehabilitation.
    • Integration provides guidance on managing biodiversity at various operational stages.
    • Management and assessment describes the systems, tools and processes and their practical application in the context of mining operations.
    • Mitigation, Rehabilitation and Enhancement involves selecting and implementing measures to protect biodiversity, the users of biodiversity and other affected stakeholders from adverse impacts because of mining.