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What is nature positive?

At its most fundamental level, nature positive means "ensuring more nature in the world in 2030 than in 2020 and continued recovery after that” (Nature Positive Initiative, 2023).

It is a global goal – no one company can be nature positive – and achieving it will involve practices and behaviours that promote environmental sustainability, biodiversity and the overall health of ecosystems.

This is an urgent global challenge. Nature is not something from which humanity sits apart – people, climate and nature are inextricably linked. Natural systems are fundamental to securing food, water and livelihoods for people all over the world, but nature is currently being lost at an unprecedented rate.

To tackle this issue, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was agreed at the UN Biodiversity Conference, Montréal in 2022. The framework sets out a roadmap to a nature positive future, with equitable management of shared resources across landscapes and ecosystems.

A just global transition to green energy is part of the solution but the world needs more mining activity to source the critical materials necessary for a sustainable future. In fact, minerals and metals play a vital role in advancing a wide range of sustainable development goals.

ICMM members have committed to ensure that this demand is not met at the expense of nature. They have pledged to help contribute to a nature positive future, including halting biodiversity loss at operations from a 2020 baseline. Specifically, they are focusing on creating measurable gains in the health, abundance, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes.

The ICMM 5-point plan for restoring nature spans land, freshwater, oceans and climate, and was created in conjunction with leading experts on nature from conservation and Indigenous Peoples groups.

This is what it means for ICMM members to contribute to nature positive:

  1. Protect and conserve pristine areas of our natural environment. No new mining or exploration in World Heritage Sites and respect all legally designated protected areas.
  2. Halt biodiversity loss at their operations. Achieve at least no net loss of biodiversity against a 2020 baseline through an avoidance-first approach backed by restoration. Transparently disclose the methodologies used to measure biodiversity loss and gain.
  3. Collaborate across value chains. Develop initiatives and partnerships to halt and reverse nature loss throughout supply and distribution chains.
  4. Restore and enhance landscapes. Create new local partnerships and enhance existing collaborations, including with Indigenous Peoples, land-connected peoples and local communities.
  5. Catalyse wider change. Act to change the fundamental systems that contribute to nature loss and foster opportunities for nature’s recovery, including through collaborative research, biodiversity data sharing and/or sustainable finance. 

These five elements combine short- and medium-term goals and actions to help ICMM members contribute to a nature positive future– and lay the groundwork for continuing improvements in sustainability, biodiversity and ecosystems for decades to come.