We run a range of programmes aimed at preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife and plant habitats and ecosystems. Where some impact is inevitable, we strive to mitigate and offset this.
Our approach to biodiversity management is set out in our Standard for Biodiversity Conservation. From the early stages of a project, we evaluate the surrounding wildlife in order to develop appropriate conservation plans. As part of biodiversity’ monitoring and assessment in Bodaibo region we are cooperating with Vitim state nature reserve.
Our conservation initiatives include:
- cooperating on relevant issues with regional institutions and government agencies on the biodiversity evaluation
- compensation programs for damage to aquatic wildlife (introducing valuable fish species into the local rivers)
- planting young trees
Polyus responds to the results of the environmental impact assessment to ensure preservation of territories where it is critical to maintain biodiversity (animal and bird migration paths, wintering and breeding grounds, etc.).
We do not develop mineral deposits in world heritage sites and nature reserves protected by the regional or federal government. We also actively prohibits poaching by our employees and contractors [in nature reserves and] in the areas adjacent to the Company’s operations.
Biodiversity research and monitoring across Polyus assets in 2017
In 2017, Polyus has initiated several biodiversity research and monitoring projects across all its regions of operation.
During that year, Polyus has invested 7.5 million roubles in biodiversity studies and will additionally invest more than 3.5 million in 2018.
In a partnership with local research institutes, Polyus Magadan (Natalka) has carried out the following activities:
- Hydrobiological monitoring of the macrozoobenthos of the Intrigan and Omchak rivers
- Monitoring of biological and fishing resources in the rivers Intrigan, Khiniky-Kulu and Omchak
- Winter route census of commercial species of animals in the rivers Intrigan, Khiniky-Kulu and Omchak
- Zoological monitoring of common, rare and protected species of animals
- Geobotanical monitoring of common species of plants.
The activities were part of the planned implementation of Polyus’ corporate Biodiversity Standard.
The Institute of Forest of the Russian Academy of Sciences has performed a number of biodiversity studies in the area adjacent to Polyus’ Olimpiada mine.
A verified list of plant species present near Olimpiada was drawn up.
Republic of Sakha
At Kuranakh, the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North has examined the state of hydrobiocoenosis in the Bolshoi Kuranakh River.
In late 2017, Polyus and the Vitim Nature Reserve have developed a biodiversity monitoring programme for Polyus Verninskoye.
In 2018, Polyus Verninskoye and the Vitim Nature Reserve have signed an agreement to study the diversity of populations and species of flora and fauna in the area near Verninskoye.
The following indicators were chosen to define the state of biodiversity and ecosystems on the researched territory: species abundance, species abundance factor, endemism factor, number of rare and vanishing species, rate of adventitious species in flora, rate of rare species.
Field research identified the presence of various plants and animals in the area. After the processing and detailed analysis of the collected materials, a species-based list of animals and plants describing biodiversity of the region will be drawn up.
Based on the data, Polyus Verninskoye and the research team of the Vitim Nature Reserve will develop an action plan for 2019 on the preservation of endangered species.