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Discover protected natural spaces around the world

Nature and the landscapes of our world are under threat.

It is more important than ever to conserve and protect what is left, and to restore what has been damaged.

The Global Biodiversity Framework is an international agreement that sets out a roadmap to a nature positive future by 2050. ICMM members have committed to support a nature positive future by maintaining and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity on the lands that they manage. 

The benefits of a healthy environment stretch far beyond the natural world, including clean water and food supplies, boosting climate resilience and fostering wellbeing in people.

In Sweden, Boliden has opened its first sustainability park, a place where visitors can enjoy and learn about the rich biodiversity of the land. In South Africa, De Beers has donated over 35,000 hectares of pristine land to the national park authority, supporting the conservation of endemic species in a global biodiversity hotspot. And in Canada, Teck is collaborating with BC Parks Foundation to expand and enhance natural spaces in the province. 

Sarkanenä, Sweden

Boliden is creating innovative sustainability parks on areas within its land holdings, combining forest land, decommissioned operations and landscapes close to its active operations. 

These unique areas tell a tale of transformation, where mining activities give way to flourishing ecosystems and public spaces for the enjoyment of nature. Active conservation is intended to accelerate the re-establishment of indigenous forests and their natural development.

Each sustainability park is unique, as plans are based on specific site conditions. The first park, Sarkanenä, is a large, forested area in undulating terrain covering around 330 hectares of forest and 140 hectares of wetlands. 

Here, visitors walk among centuries-old pine trees, while learning about forests and the species that live there, the value of dead wood to animals and plants, and biodiversity. If lucky, they may even spot the reindeer herding that is still carried out in the area.

The main aim of the ecological work in Sarkanenä has been to recreate natural structures that have been lost during mining operations. The team has focused on providing a variety of high-quality dead wood to create habitats for wood-dependent species, as well as creating spaces for trees to crown and installing nesting boxes for wildlife.

By championing environmental stewardship, Boliden is working towards a nature positive future, where ecosystems and biodiversity are left in better condition that when mining began. 

Conserving nature, South Africa

Diamond mines are some of the most secure areas in the world and the protected land around the mines can provide a haven for nature. 

In 2023 on the west coast of South Africa, De Beers donated over 35,00 hectares of non-operational land to SANParks, the national conservation authority. This area has played a critical role in improving connectivity between the existing Namaqua National Park and the coast, ensuring corridors are protected for wildlife and ecological processes. De Beers’ donation of this unspoilt land has supported the protection of unique biodiversity within the Succulent Karoo biome, the world’s only arid biodiversity hotspot, and provided opportunities for eco-tourism, skills development and employment.

In the north of South Africa, the Venetia-Limpopo Nature Reserve is a sanctuary for threatened wildlife. Surrounding the Venetia mining operation, the reserve was established in the early 1980s. Through decades of restoration and rewilding efforts, the ecosystem has recovered to a dense and pristine woodland habitat which is now a secure haven for iconic and keystone wildlife such as endangered African elephant and vulnerable lion.

British Columbia, Canada

Teck and BC Parks Foundation are collaborating to help to preserve and expand green spaces in British Columbia. 

The partnership aims to protect important natural park lands and give more people the opportunity to enjoy the area’s incredible landscapes. 

The BC Parks Foundation is the charitable partner of BC Parks, which looks after over 1,000 parks and indigenous protected areas covering 14 million hectares. Its mission is to create the greatest system of parks and protected areas in the world. 

British Columbia has the greatest diversity of species, ecosystems and habitats in Canada. “Ensuring we conserve and protect these natural spaces has never been more important,” says the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship.

Teck has made a $5 million donation, which is being used to create new protected areas and animal migration corridors, to help preserve nature and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The donation is also being used to fund work with Indigenous People to create informative trails and experiences in parks to foster reconciliation, as well as promoting the responsible enjoyment of natural areas through educational activities and events for visitors and children.

The collaboration is part of a goal that all ICMM members share. Like Boliden and De Beers, Teck aims to contribute to a nature positive future. To achieve this, the company will conserve, protect and restore land at the rate of at least three hectares for every one affected by its mining activities.