Mining companies seeking to improve their biodiversity performance can now do so with the help of a new 142- page guide that has been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

ICMM’s Good Practice Guidance for Mining and Biodiversity is designed for use by mining companies at all stages of their operations, from initial exploration to mine closure planning and implementation.

The publication, which is being made available to mining companies, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders globally, has been produced as part of an extensive dialogue between ICMM and IUCN – the World Conservation Union.

With four main sections, the guide includes background to biodiversity and its relevance to mining companies; advice on the management and integration of biodiversity and an introduction to some of the tools and processes needed for effective progress. There are also sections on stakeholder engagement and a checklist of supporting materials that can be used to improve performance on a day-to-day basis.