Biodiversity, the variability among living organisms (including genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity), is an integral consideration for planning, operational and rehabilitation activities at Iluka. Iluka manages biodiversity impacts in its environmental management system framework, with guidance from the International Council on Mining and Metals Framework for Sustainable Development, relevant regulatory bodies and experts in the field.
Iluka owns, leases or manages a number of operational, rehabilitation and future project sites that contain areas of high biodiversity value. Iluka’s management approach is aimed at the protection and enhancement of biodiversity values and to prevent adverse impacts from occurring, or if this is not possible, to limit their significance to an acceptable level. A hierarchy of controls - avoidance, minimisation, restoration, biodiversity offsets or other conservation actions - is followed and tailored to the specific potential impact. Biodiversity management occurs within each of the planning, operational and rehabilitation phases. At each technical level, practical and quantifiable outcomes can be achieved in protecting and enhancing biodiversity at Iluka's sites.
Further information on Iluka’s biodiversity management is available in the 2016 sustainability report, which will be published online here in April 2017.
The company develops and implements leading practice in protecting and enhancing biodiversity through scientific research. Iluka supports fundamental scientific enquiry through partnerships with research institutions. Further information on Iluka's environmental research partnerships is available here.
Iluka Resources South West Digital Herbarium
Iluka rehabilitation professionals have developed a South West Digital Herbarium to assist with identification of juvenile native plants at the Yoganup ecological corridor, located at the rehabilitated Yoganup mine approximately 10 kilometres from the town of Capel in the south west of Western Australia. These sheets contain information on botanical descriptions, flowering, seed collection timing, locations, average germination numbers per gram, best treatments and storage to guide rehabilitation activities, with photographic images for each species also included.
This resource has considerably enhanced Iluka’s rehabilitation of the Yoganup site and future work at the Tutunup South mine 20 kilometres to the south. This approach has also guided general environmental management and planning practices undertaken throughout the company.
In the interests of collaboration and knowledge sharing, Iluka is pleased to make this information available publically. To view online or download a copy of the Herbarium (25MB), please refer below.