Madagascar is a biodiversity-rich country with high levels of endemism (most of the plant and animal species occur nowhere else on Earth). Ambatovy’s Mine is located within a species-rich region of Madagascar at the southern end of the remaining Eastern Forest Corridor. Madagascar is also one of the world’s poorest countries, in which local people are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihood. These factors combine to create a challenging context for a large mining operation.
To meet this challenge, Ambatovy has developed interrelated environmental and social policies that aim to ensure no net loss, and preferably a net gain, of biodiversity while ensuring socioeconomic benefits for local populations. This includes a strong focus on monitoring and conservation at both of our sites to ensure we are minimizing to every extent possible the impacts of mining on our surroundings, including on local flora and fauna, as well as air quality, water quality, and noise pollution.