IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have been working together on mining, biodiversity and related issues since 2000. The relationship was first formalized in 2003.
Outcomes of the collaboration to date include a Biodiversity performance review released in November 2014; and, the development of the ICMM Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity.
The partnership has also examined the challenges of dealing with legacy mines, and free prior informed consent of indigenous peoples and local communities in potential mining areas.
As a result, ICMM members have committed to work with IUCN and other groups to:
- Strengthen the IUCN system of protected area categorization
- Develop decision-making processes and tools that better integrate biodiversity conservation, protected areas and mining into land-use planning and management strategies
- Apply best practices to enhance industry’s contribution to biodiversity conservation, including in and around protected areas.
In 2012, the two organizations renewed their collaboration through a new 5-year Memorandum of Understanding. Building on previous work, specific projects under the MoU are carried out through Supplemental Agreements negotiated between the two parties.