Getting to know it in order to care for it
We are also commiped to protecting local biodiversity. We recognise how important local land- based and aquatic ecosystems are to the environmental sustainability of the region and the country.
Our management approach is based on the commitments made in the EMP for each asset. These EMPs include measures intended to prevent or mitigating our impact on the components of biodiversity, and promote the conservation of the flora and fauna endemic to our host regions.
As of 2018, we have 10 areas devoted to the conservation and monitoring of local wildlife: five at Calenturitas covering 762.4 hectares, and five at La Jagua covering 483.75 hectares. Of these areas, three in La Jagua and two in Calenturitas are considered wildlife reserves. Puerto Nuevo has 160 hectares devoted to wildlife conservation, near the Toribio River Basin.
In 2012, we created a wildlife protection centre (CAFS) at Calenturitas. This is an area where we provide immediate primary care for wild species that require it. CAFS also supports our work removing animals from sites where mining activity will take place and releasing them into our wildlife conservation areas.
In 2017 CAFS became part of the strategic partnership managing Cesar’s wildlife conservation and protection programme, which is run by . CAFS has also become the wildlife protection centre for the department’s entire mining corridor, protecting 31,353 animals.
We continually monitor the areas around our assets to identify and rescue animals and relocate them to our wildlife conservation areas. We monitor these areas, with controls set up to help us make sure that the animals thrive and adapt to their new ecosystem.
We regularly evaluate and identify the wildlife species found in the natural areas on our land. This helps us determine the levels of biodiversity and natural resources present, which guides our conservation strategies and determines the range, richness and abundance of species in the region. We now have some appreciation of the vast diversity in the natural areas around our mining and port operations, having registered 234 different species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians and 33 reptiles.