Biodiversity Offsets and Enhancements in Mining
A recent BBOP newsletter and Kumtor Gold’s development of its Biodiversity Management Strategy underlined this: many (perhaps not all) roads lead to Rome and positive conservation outcomes. Does Kumtor's approach to support snow leopard and other conservation efforts in Central Asia add value? Will it's collaboration with NGOs such as FFI, the Sarychat Ertash Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) and others work?
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with John Aronson’s team at
While spearheading the social aspects of the Brisas Project ESIA, we also pursued biodiversity offset and enhancement opportunities aligned with IFC
These articles were co-authored by my colleague, Dr. Don Proebstel. He is a conservation biologist (among plenty of other expertise) and is currently collaborating with me in Central Asia (see below). Don and I are both happy to see that the Brisas case study has been featured as a good example of voluntary offset in important biodiversity offset-related publications. These range from BBOP’s
Fast forward to today. While the Brisas case study was located in tropical forests of the Guyana Shield in Venezuela, we have also had an opportunity to consider entirely different biodiversity (and political?) issues in the high altitude Tien Shan mountains of Central Asia. The amazing wildlife here includes snow leopards and its prey, the Marco Polo sheep (argali) and Ibex (in addition to an occasional snack of livestock).
Recently, Kumtor web-posted a document entitled “Kumtor and Biodiversity” which summarizes the results of the work to which Don and I contributed (see also here: Biodiversity Management Strategy & Plan for Gold Mine). It is the first such strategy and plan developed by a mining company in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The document highlights the regional biodiversity context, some of which gave rise to interesting ‘political side shows’ (Creating Paper Parks or Biodiversity Value in Kyrgyzstan? and Kyrgyz Prime Minister Babanov Visited Kumtor Mine – and me too!), identifies Kumtor’s strategy and collaborative biodiversity enhancement opportunities, and signals next steps.
These steps will involve
You can access the “Kumtor and Biodiversity”, a summary document, in
Prizma will be discussing this case study, along with representatives from Kumtor and FFI, at the Ethical Corporation’s 4th annual CSR for Extractives Industries Summit, April 3-4, 2013, London (see