Protecting and enhancing biodiversity, which is the abundance and variety of living organisms and ecosystems in nature, is integral to global sustainability. Many of the world’s ecosystems are being altered, and loss of biodiversity is a concern. Corporations, governments and civil society alike recognize this challenge, and many are working together to find innovative new solutions for biodiversity protection. This action will help towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 15 to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse biodiversity loss.
Mining operations can have direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity and natural resources. These impacts can include land or wildlife disturbances, and discharges to waterbodies or air. Regulatory requirements are becoming increasingly stringent in response to widening recognition of these impacts on biodiversity. This includes requirements to tailor reclamation with a focus on wildlife and plants of greatest conservation concern, and to implement biodiversity offsets to mitigate impacts that cannot be fully addressed through avoidance, minimization and rehabilitation.
We are challenging ourselves to achieve a vision of having a net positive impact on biodiversity. We also have a firm commitment, in accordance with the International Council on Mining and Minerals’ (ICMM) world-leading Position Statement on respecting biodiversity, to not explore or mine in World Heritage sites, and to respect all legally designated protected areas.
All of our operations are adjacent to or within areas of high biodiversity value, including temperate and arctic areas, montane forests, and deserts. Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples expect us to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and to work collaboratively with them to develop integrated approaches to land use. At the end of 2018, Teck had a total footprint of 30,619 hectares (ha), of which 24,450 ha are yet to be reclaimed and 6,169 ha have been reclaimed.