Prior to the start of construction, our Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) confirmed that our mine concession area, rail corridor and port areas are within close proximity to, and partially intersect, important areas for wildlife.
Our biodiversity conservation work is documented, published and governed through our Biodiversity Management Plan prepared in accordance with IFC Performance Standards and includes a commitment to achieve no net loss and positive gain for critical habitats.
So far in our mine concession area we have restored 70,250 square metres, planting more than 1,000 trees and over 1,000,000 stands of vetiver bunchgrass. We have also built 350 metres of rocky sills to minimise sediment loading during the rainy season.
At the port area we have established a green belt around our port platform to create a natural dust filter and minimise the fugitive distribution of dust. This included the rehabilitation of a 42,300 square metre area with 1,000 trees and more than 500,000 stands of grass species. The tree species selected are both native and are well adapted for capturing airborne particles given their hairy leaves.
Plant species used during our restoration programme are all native to the area and produced by our own local nursery.
We believe in the fair and equitable treatment of all people everywhere. As part of our core policy, we respect our neighbours and are committed to positively engaging with the local communities where we operate.
We aim to maximise the benefits of our presence wherever we work while mitigating any potential adverse impacts for our staff, our business partners or for the communities of which we are a part.
We run planned and targeted corporate social responsibility programmes at all of our locations in both the United Arab Emirates and Guinea, working with numerous stakeholders including community representatives, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions plus respective governments.
We have long recognised that the development of our mining operation would result in land use changes and disruption to some of our neighbours. We have actively sought to minimise these impacts but when they are unavoidable, we have developed and implemented plans to alleviate or compensate.
Positive impacts are planned and pursued, by generating employment of local people wherever possible on our projects, making infrastructure improvements, implementing educational programmes and encouraging economic growth. Guineanisation is a key business objective and we aim to attract, develop and retain Guinean nationals, providing clear progression pathways through structured development and training programmes.
All of our community impact assessment and project planning has been prepared in accordance with the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards. Any associated studies, engagements plans, community investment strategies, closure and rehabilitation requirements, policies and reports are made publically available on the IFC website.