This week the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme has announced its next BBOP webinar as part of the BBOP community of practice (all previous webinars are archived there if you want to listen to them later).
This time the focus is on biodiversity offsets in the scope of the Ambatovy nickel-cobalt mining project in Madagascar. The Ambatovy project has been a pilot project of BBOP since 2006, and as such follows the Biodiversity Offset Standard as well as the IFC Performance Standards.
When and how does the BBOP webinar take place?
Some information on the BBOP webinar
Here’s what the BBOP Secretariat says about the upcoming webinar:
The Ambatovy nickel-cobalt mining project is located in the eastern region of Madagascar. The project comprises several components including an open pit mine (covering 18 km2) located in quasi-primary forest, a 220 km pipeline that transfers ore to the plant-site located near the port city of Toamasina, a tailings facility and a port expansion for the importation of raw materials and exportation of metals. The project is currently at the beginning of the operations phase although forest clearance will continue for several years.Project construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012. Metal production and exportation has commenced and will continue for a 27-year duration.Madagascar is a global hotspot for biodiversity, with exceptionally high degrees of endemism, and, at the same time, a high level of threat. The Ambatovy mine lies in a high-biodiversity region at the southern tip of a large section of remnant eastern rainforest corridor. To the north-east of the mine lies the Ankeniheny-Zahamena forest corridor (CAZ), while to the east lie the Torotorofotsy wetland (a Ramsar site) and the Mantadia National Park. Connecting the mine forests to the CAZ and Mantadia is an area of intact forest known as the Analamay-Mantadia forest corridor (CFAM). Ambatovy aims to achieve no net loss, and preferably a net gain, of biodiversity. The Ambatovy project has been a pilot project of BBOP since 2006, and as such follows the Biodiversity Offset Standard as well as the IFC Performance Standards.
Andrew Cooke (Environment Manager) and Rivolala Andriamparany (Biodiversity Coordinator) will present the project.