Barrick has implemented biodiversity action plans at all of its operational sites to manage their impact on sensitive ecosystems as well as to support conservation efforts in the wilderness areas around some of its mines.
In its latest conservation initiative, Barrick reached an agreement with the government of Mali to take responsibility for the rehabilitation of the neglected Fina reserve. Classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1982, the Fina has since suffered from underinvestment and mismanagement.
Under the deal, the company will invest $ 5 million in Fina over the next five years to implement anti-poaching programs, rehabilitate lands and forests, and reintroduce lost animal species. In line with Barrick’s partnership philosophy, he has established a Board of Governors which includes prominent Malian businessmen and representatives of Africa Parks. The expert NGO Bios was appointed to manage the park and an introductory meeting was organized with the local communities.
“Our ultimate goal is to transform Fina into an internationally recognized national park for Mali,” says Grant Beringer, group sustainability director.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Barrick already supports Garamba National Park, one of the oldest in Africa and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Garamba is home to the DRC’s largest elephant population as well as the critically endangered Kordofan giraffe. The company provides elephant spotting collars, fuel for observation and anti-poaching planes, as well as funding to improve roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Since the start of the program in September 2019, not a single incident of elephant poaching has been recorded. The next step will be the reintroduction of the white rhino and the giant elk to the park.