Independent Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management Committee
In 2003, an independent committee of globally recognized biodiversity experts was formed to provide external perspectives and advice on implementing the Rio Tinto biodiversity strategy. The Biodiversity Committee assisted QMM with the implementation of its Biodiversity programme, specifically with the preparation and maintenance of a biodiversity monitoring plan, the biodiversity monograph and other biodiversity technical issues, including ecological restoration.
The committee was instrumental in working in collaboration with Rio Tinto and QMM in the validation of the methodology required to establish the Net Positive Impact Biodiversity Forecast and the development of a set of appropriate metrics for each group of biodiversity values including threatened species, rare habitats or non-timber forest products.
Rio Tinto and QMM are committed to achieving locally sensitive and effective biodiversity management and preservation. This includes management of the avoidance zones within the three mining reserves and offset sites as community managed protected areas, a commitment to no species loss due to mining, restoration of natural habitats (littoral forest and wetlands), and the requirement to deliver community access to a range of natural resources and ecosystems services.
Building off the foundation and lessons learned of more than a decade of work, as well as the evolving expectations of key stakeholders, a renewed Independent Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management Committee was formed and conducted its first meeting in early 2018. Members include experts in biodiversity, community management of natural resources and local stakeholder engagement.
This committee's mandate is to contribute to QMM's Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Communities Programme by:
- Providing strategic insight on biodiversity and natural resource management issues;
- Advising on implementation of the mitigation hierarchy for biodiversity;
- Advising on natural resources provision and stewardship; and,
- Reviewing annual progress.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) serves a facilitator for the committee and coordinates the committee's annual review meeting and supports the development of the agendas and public reports from these meetings.