Ambatovy has undertaken the management of large forested areas as biodiversity offsets in line with international best practices. These include forests around the Mine area known as the Mine conservation forests, a large forest offsite area called the Ankerana offset, a large portion of the Torotorofotsy wetlands Ramsar Site, and the Analamay-Mantadia Forest Corridor (CFAM). In total, Ambatovy’s conservation areas amount to more than 14,000 ha.
Our activities to conserve the forest ecosystems in our offset areas also include the aquatic ecosystems. Our interventions for aquatic ecosystems impacted by our activities include rescue of locally endemic fish in streams directly impacted by mining activities followed by translocation to non-impacted conservation areas, the removal of invasive species, taxonomic classification of the relatively unknown local fish species. For the local species, Ambatovy has identified the risks for each and designed mitigation measures, including the creation of fish ponds and habitat conservation as well as restoration.
Recognizing that the sustainable protection of the environment can only be accomplished with the participation of local communities, we work closely with the villages located on the periphery of our conservation zones in educating and sensitizing villagers on the importance of sustainably managing forest assets. We help decrease their reliance through establishing income generating activities, like aquaculture, spice cultivation, and animal husbandry. While Ambatovy is managing the conservation and rehabilitation of our offset areas, to encourage community ownership of their environment, community based associations (COBAs) are active in protecting and regulating neighboring conservation zones as well.