BiodiversityGRI 304-1, SASB EM-MM-160a.1
We acknowledge our responsibility to conserve biodiversity in general and local species and their habitats. Our assets are not located within World Heritage Sites or specially protected natural areas or areas of high biodiversity value. EVRAZ assesses risks on biodiversity and aims to minimise potential impacts at all stages of asset`s life cycle. We focus on risks and impacts mitigation starting from project design stage.
Biodiversity is being one of priorities for EVRAZ. Acknowledging that biodiversity degradation and losses is the global problem, our company aims to apply best practices. To follow this comprehensive goal company started time-phased plan for its realisation. The Group aims to ensure a rational and prudent approach to conserving biodiversity. We are also actively involved in communication with local communities regarding biodiversity issues.
The Group takes its obligations to restore land disturbed during mining operations seriously. To achieve this, we undertake environmental activities and rehabilitation projects.
Activities and rehabilitation projects in 2021
In 2021, with the financial support of EVRAZ, the research was conducted with the aim of safeguarding the population of aquatic salmon species, particularly Siberian taimen, in the Khabarovsk Territory’s Tuguro-Chumikansky district. The work was conducted in collaboration with the Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography” and LLC “shTurMan-2”. Overfishing by unlicensed fishing teams and poaching are the primary threats to Russia’s salmon species. One solution is to establish sports and amateur fishing, in which the flow of fishers is regulated through the granting of “caught and released” and “caught and seized" licences. The catch-and-release method has grown in popularity in several nations over the last 30–40 years, and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to demonstrate its usefulness as a fish protection technique.
EVRAZ supported the research project “Determining Siberian taimen mortality during recreational fishing in the Tugur river basin.” In particular, test recreational fishing trips for amateur anglers were conducted, and observations of taimen were taken for which quotas were secured. This enabled scientists to determine how many of the released fish survive and what factors contribute to the mortality of the remaining animals. The project activities should contribute to the preservation of the unique natural complex of the Konin and Tugur rivers' water areas, organisation of scientific, cultural, and educational work on the study of salmon and aquatic fish species in the rivers of the Tugur-Chumikansky district of the Khabarovsk Territory, and promotion of development and implementation of measures to mitigate human impact on natural ecosystems.
EVRAZ regularly releases various species of fry into water bodies. Our approach to preserving the biodiversity involves an intent to maintain the quality of the aquatic ecosystems and the existing biodiversity. In 2021 we released 375,000 various species of fish into water bodies, compared with 204,000 in 2020.