Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed platinum group of metal (PGM) producer Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) said its 50 per cent owned firm Mimosa Mining Company is committed to biodiversity conservation.
Implats said, in line with its climate change strategy and policy that was adopted in January 2017, Mimosa will be keeping wildlife as part of its climate change adaptation plan for biodiversity.
According to Implats, the biodiversity conservation plan will significantly boost the mine’s environmental conservation efforts.
“Mimosa recently set aside approximately 10 hectares of land within its existing tailings storage facility (TSF) area to introduce wildlife, including 10 zebras, five wildebeest and two waterbucks. The TSF has a footprint of 114 hectares, within an area of approximately 120 hectares,” Implats said.
Biodiversity conservation is the practice of protecting and preserving the wealth and variety of species, habitats, ecosystems, and genetic diversity on the planet, which is important for our health, wealth, food, fuel, and services we depend on. It plays an integral role in supporting many sectors of development.
Biodiversity supports food security and sustained livelihoods through overall genetic diversity. Genes regulate all biological processes on the planet and increase the ability of organisms to cope with environmental stressors.