Protection of the biological resources in close proximity to Kinross activities is a key element in Kinross’ environmental strategy.
Protection of biological resources and minimization of impacts includes identification, monitoring, and protection of both biodiversity and biological habitat. Understanding the ecosystems in the areas where we work is fundamental to our environmental and project planning. While our sites are located in very different environments, baseline studies provide us with critical information regarding population diversity, habitat and ecosystem services. With this information, we are able to avoid, minimize and mitigate our impacts. Our initial assessment and ongoing management plans are carried out in consultation with local stakeholders – governments, NGOs, indigenous peoples and other community members – who can best help us understand and protect local ecosystems.
In 2012, we strengthened our corporate-wide standards to include ecosystem services as part of the impact assessment process. We also established additional training to support the preparation of Biological Resources Management Plans to ensure these plans provide stewardship and protection for biodiversity and biological habitats. At our sites in Chile and in Russia, there were eight International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red-listed species present in 2013.
In 2013, Kinross provided sponsorship support for a Magadan-based research study on nest density and breeding of the Beswick Swan in Eastern Russia. The research showed an increase in nest density, compared with earlier studies in the 1970 - ‘80s. The researchers believe this may be related to longer frost-free seasons associated with climate change, and are recommending that the Eastern Beswick’s swan be delisted from the Red Book of endangered species, and that monitored collection of the eggs by indigenous peoples be allowed. The results were presented at the 5th International Swan Symposium in Maryland, U.S. in February 2014.