Mining and conservation working together

01 February 2012 | News story

IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) have signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) which builds on the 2004-2008 ICMM-IUCN Dialogue and marks the start of a new phase in the working relationship.

The two organizations gave a joint presentation and discussed joint efforts for 2012 at the 4th West & Central Africa Mining Summit in September 2011. Other planned activities include:

• Participation in a panel on collaboration between mining and conservation organizations at Mining Indaba (Cape Town, South Africa, February 2012)
• A workshop at IUCN's World Conservation Congress (Jeju, South Korea, September 2012).

Work is underway to develop a project development cycle that will identify, develop, deliver and evaluate projects.

“We are delighted to embark in this new phase of work,” said Anthony Hodge, President of ICMM, “It signals our commitment to collaboration as the best means of ensuring that our contribution to people and the ecosystem is positive in the long-term.”


“IUCN continues to build bridges between the conservation society and business,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. “With the signing of this memorandum of understanding, we aim to continue to influence and improve the environmental performance of mining companies.”