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World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day 2021

The United Nations’ World Habitat Day, which is the first Monday of October every year, reminds us of the world’s collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

At Barrick, preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity is a fundamental part of our environmental management and embedded throughout the mine life cycle.

Fina Reserve, Mali

As part of our commitment to biodiversity and local economic development, we entered into an agreement in July 2020 with the government of Mali to assume responsibility for the management of the Fina Reserve.

The Fina Reserve covers 136,000 hectares and is an International Union for Conservation of Nature Category IV protected area. However, under-investment and mismanagement meant that the reserve has not been well looked after.

Over the next five years, we plan to invest $5 million in the Fina Reserve to establish anti-poaching programs, rehabilitate the lands and forests and reintroduce native species. Recognising that our expertise lies within mining, the Fina Reserve will be a partnership effort between Barrick, expert NGOs, and the Malian government.

Fina Reserve, Mali
Garamba National Park, DRC

Garamba National Park, DRC

Garamba is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the DRC’s largest population of elephants and the critically endangered Kordofan Giraffe.

To date, we have provided over $1.5 million for tracking collars, fuel for observation and anti poaching planes and made improvements to bridges, roads and other infrastructure. We are pleased to report that since September 2019, we have not recorded a single event of an Elephant being poached.

Our support will also fund a risk-benefit analysis for the re-introduction of white rhinos and giant elands into the park.

Greater Sage-Grouse habitat restoration and preservation

Across much of Nevada, Greater Sage-Grouse habitat is in decline due to fire, invasive plant species, and human impacts.

Since 2017, Barrick has worked to mitigate the impacts of mining on the sagebrush ecosystem through habitat preservation and restoration programs.

In 2020, we implemented nearly 4,450 hectares of habitat rehabilitation treatments, and since 2017 we have treated more than 11,300 hectares — helping to preserve habitat for this important species.

Greater Sage-Grouse habitat restoration and preservation