Today is World Environment Day! This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. From restoring mining sites to their natural state to developing new technologies that reduce fresh water use and emissions, our goal is to promote a sustainable environment for future generations. Here are some ways that we are working to connect with nature at our operations around the world, including our home country of Canada, host of this year’s World Environment Day.
The Hemlo mine in northern Ontario is one of our oldest mines. It’s still going strong today. As mining progresses, we are working to restore land that is no longer needed back to its natural state in partnership with nearby communities. Read more about how this was done.
Billions of people in rural areas around the world spend every working day connected to nature and depend on natural water supplies for their livelihoods. This is particularly true in areas where water is scarce, like Saudi Arabia. To ensure that our Jabal Sayid copper mine in western Saudi Arabia doesn’t disturb this precious resource, we developed a patented way to process copper using wastewater. Learn more in this story originally published on World Water Day 2017.
To help build a sustainable future in the communities near our Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic, we’ve partnered with the NGO ENDA on a number of projects, including an important initiative that is helping to preserve the region’s ecosystem. Read more about this project.
Nature’s gifts are often hard to value, at least until they become scarce. The Greater Sage Grouse, the iconic western U.S. bird, has declined in numbers due to wildfire and invasive species encroaching on their habitat. Learn how we converted a portion of the Jauristi Ranch in northern Nevada into sage-grouse habitat to help protect this noble bird.
Our commitment to sustainability doesn’t end when a mine closes. We continue to monitor closure properties, mitigate impacts and work with our host communities long after the last ounce is mined. A good example of this is our Eskay Creek closure site in British Columbia. Read more in this story.
There are no mines in Toronto but the city is home to Barrick’s head office. We are proud to partner with the Toronto Zoo to support wetlands conservation in the Toronto region, helping to teach students and adults alike about the critical role of wetlands in biodiversity. Read more in this story.