Imerys is committed to respecting the ecosystems surrounding its operations and preserving biodiversity throughout the life of a mine. Our mining sites and quarries are restored on an ongoing basis, in order to preserve local fauna and flora.
Our mining and processing operations use land and natural resources. This can affect biodiversity and ecosystems. We conduct our mining activities in a manner that is compatible with biodiversity conservation through relevant planning and restoration. Our “Post-Mining Rehabilitation” protocol requires our operations to implement restoration methods not only after the mine has closed, but during the site’s operating life as well.
Our strategy consists of improving our understanding of the local environment, and in sensitive zones, encouraging the development of biodiversity management plans. Approximately 20% of the Group’s operations are located on or near zones of high value in terms of biodiversity.
Several projects have been implemented in our quarries to enrich biodiversity by reviving natural areas or by helping to conserve endangered animal or plant species. Most of these projects benefit from partnerships with local environmental associations or NGOs.
To discover some of our best practices for preserving biodiversity, follow this link.