We run a range of programmes aimed at preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife and plant habitats and ecosystems. Where some impact is inevitable, we strive to mitigate and offset this.
Our approach to biodiversity management is set out in our Standard for Biodiversity Conservation. From the early stages of a project, we evaluate the surrounding wildlife in order to develop appropriate conservation plans. As part of biodiversity’ monitoring and assessment in Bodaibo region we are cooperating with Vitim state nature reserve.
Our conservation initiatives include:
- cooperating on relevant issues with regional institutions and government agencies on the biodiversity evaluation
- compensation programs for damage to aquatic wildlife (introducing valuable fish species into the local rivers)
- planting young trees
Polyus responds to the results of the environmental impact assessment to ensure preservation of territories where it is critical to maintain biodiversity (animal and bird migration paths, wintering and breeding grounds, etc.).
We do not develop mineral deposits in world heritage sites and nature reserves protected by the regional or federal government. We also actively prohibits poaching by our employees and contractors in nature reserves and in the areas adjacent to the Company’s operations.
In 2018, Polyus invested almost $284,000 into research efforts and biodiversity conservation, including some compensatory measures.
In addition, Polyus has established a longtime partnership with researchers in the Magadan Region who monitor biodiversity in the Natalka Mine area.
In 2018, we launched pilot projects to study and assess biodiversity in the other two regions of our operations — Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk Regions. Polyus cooperates with local research organizations to monitor and assess biodiversity, such as:
- Forest Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science in the Krasnoyarsk Region, which has studied biodiversity around Olimpiada and compiled a list of local flora and fauna species (small mammals and insects);
- All-Russia Research Institute-1 in the Magadan Region;
- Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), which has studied the hydrobiocoenosis in the catchment area of the Bolshoi Kuranakh river where Polyus Aldan operates.
Comprehensive biodiversity conservation programmes will be developed based on the updated guidelines and research findings.
A report is issued once every research project has been completed. For example, you can find the information on the biodiversity study programme at Verninskoye in our Blog.