Empresas y biodiversidad


Guidelines and case studies for businesses and policy makers in the Extractives sector


Mining, the Aluminium Industry and Indigenous PeoplesMining, the Aluminium Industry and Indigenous Peoples

Finding ways to ensure that corporations respect and support the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples remains a challenge in securing the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The experiences re-told in this publication serve to underscore the critical importance of finding ways to improve, in practical and real terms, the experiences of indigenous peoples when faced with extractive industries in their territories. Click here to download.


Biodiversity performance review Executive SummaryBiodiversity performance review : Executive Summary

This report sets out the results of a review of progress made in managing biodiversity among International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) members from 2003 to 2013. The report was jointly commissioned by ICMM and IUCN under their 2011 Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to influence and improve mining companies’ performance in the area of biodiversity conservation management. The report identifies good practice, the status of emerging issues and recommends areas for future action for ICMM members and the IUCN-ICMM dialogue. Click here to download.


Biodiversity offets report ICMMIndependent report on biodiversity offsets

This report jointly commissioned by the International Council on Mining and Metals and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and prepared by the Biodiversity Consultancy, provides an overview of the current and key issues regarding biodiversity offsets. These are ways to counterbalance, compensate, or make up for the disturbance of land, ecosystems and habitat which occurs in mining and processing operations. Click here to download.


World Heritage ReportWorld Heritage Sites and the extractive industries

This short independent study focuses on the relationship between the extractive industries and natural World Heritage properties. It was commissioned through IUCN in conjunction with the World Heritage Centre, as well as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and Shell; the latter two funded the exercise. The review is intended to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the issues, challenges and opportunities arising from the tension and potential interdependence between the economic imperatives of mineral and hydrocarbon extraction and the conservation imperatives of preserving the world’s natural heritage. Click here to download.


Guia de gestion ambiental para mineria no metalicaGuía de gestión ambiental para la minería no metálica

En esa orientación, UICN, con el invaluable apoyo de Holcim, Costa Rica, ha desarrollado las “Guías Sectoriales: Instrumentos de Gestión Ambiental”, las cuales esperamos que sean instrumentos
que permitan fortalecer los sistemas de EIA, al ofrecer una alternativa para prevenir los posibles impactos de los proyectos de bajo o moderado impacto ambiental. Click here to download. Report available in Spanish only.



RWE Report CoverRisks and opportunities in the biodiversity management and related stakeholder involvement of the RWE Hambach lignite mine

This report is part of a joint undertaking by IUCN and RWE to explore the possibility of integrating biodiversity values into RWE policies and practices. It aims to provide the basis for development of a company-wide strategic approach to the management of biodiversity and related stakeholder needs. Click here to download in English and German.

Case Studies

Exploring ecosystem valuationExploring ecosystem valuation to move towards net positive impact on biodiversity in the mining sector

This study examines the costs of conservation and the value of benefits associated with biodiversity around the QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) project area, with a focus on the Tsitongambarika (TGK) forest complex. The aim is to quantify and value changes in ecosystem services resulting from interventions that deviate from 'business as usual' in TGK, i.e. projected continued deforestation and ecosystem degradation, in favour of some form of forest conservation. Click here to download English, French and Spanish versions.

Forecasting the path towards NPIForecasting the path towards a net positive impact on biodiversity for Rio Tinto QMM

This publication aims to provide the data, theory, and predictions for the potential long-term outcome of a biodiversity conservation programme at a mining site. The Rio Tinto ilmenite mine in southeastern Madagascar, run by QIT Madagascar Minerals (Rio Tinto QMM), has been chosen as a pilot site to test the tools designed to achieve and quantify net positive impact (NPI) on biodiversity. Click here to download English, French and Spanish versions.


Sustainable Remediation and Rehabilitation in the Niger DeltaSustainable Remediation and Rehabilitation of Biodiversity and Habitats of Oil Spill Sites in the Niger DeltaPhoto: IUCN

This report presents the main findings and recommendations of the IUCN-Niger Delta Panel, regarding the sustainable remediation and rehabilitation of oil spill impacted sites in the Niger Delta. It has been prepared for the Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd of Nigeria (SPDC) and represents the Panel’s first year of work. Click here to download.

Other Resources

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and Performance Standard

Cover of the ASI Performance Standard Version IThe Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) was initiated in 2012 to foster greater sustainability and transparency throughout the industry. In December 2014, leaders from the aluminium value chain unveiled a new comprehensive standard that aims to improve the industry’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its entire value chain, including plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through the ASI Performance Standard. For more information and to download the ASI Performance Standard: Principles and Criteria, visit the ASI website.




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