Sustainability Rehabilitation and biodiversity
We are in full compliance with all applicable regulations and adhere to industry-leading environmental management standards. Our Tarkwa and Damang mines are certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and the International Cyanide Management Code. Environmental stewardship is integrated into all aspects of our operations, including water management, supply chain and community relations. We have stepped up our environmental management practices to minimise the impacts of mining on the environment and to protect biodiversity.
Rehabilitation is integrated into our mine planning process, with progressive rehabilitation plans in place to ensure continuous land reclamation throughout the life of mine. Our Tarkwa and Damang mines continue to practice concurrent rehabilitation of areas that have been mined, restoring them to lush vegetation and productive farmlands as required, for use by our stakeholder communities.
Our rehabilitation projects focus on reforestation, increasing biodiversity and developing agricultural opportunities for our host communities.
We have enhanced biodiversity at our mines through the implementation of effective biodiversity management plans, such as wildlife protection programmes, a ban on fishing and open burning on-site, top-soil stockpiling and care, controlled vegetation removal/disturbances and water discharges, as well as upgrades of wetlands.
As part of our Environmental Impact Assessment programmes for projects, we conduct biodiversity impact reviews to ensure no net loss of biodiversity.
We invest resources to reduce the environmental and health impact of mining activities on communities surrounding our operations. We have adopted improved blast practices, which include electronic blasting, to ensure that each blast event conforms to regulatory standards. We manage dust at our tailings storage and crushing facilities using sprinklers. These practices are constantly monitored, reviewed and improved to achieve best results.
Our commitment to sustaining the environment has ensured the continuous protection of land, wildlife, water bodies and the general operating environment.