MPA updates biodiversity strategy

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UK: The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched an updated version of its biodiversity strategy, first published in 2013. The new strategy “commits the MPA and its members to continuing to take a positive approach to nature conservation and recovery, leaving behind more and better quality habitats than before mineral extraction and a net gain in biodiversity wherever possible, through site selection, management, restoration and aftercare,” according to the association. It sets out the commitment under eight actions, which include “monitoring to identify what works best and inform future work, sharing and celebrating good practice and successes throughout the industry, influencing policy and using our assets to engage and educate.”

Chief executive officer (CEO) Nigel Jackson said, “The minerals industry is uniquely placed to contribute to conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and has an unrivalled legacy compared to other industrial sectors. I am immensely proud of what our members have achieved and excited about what they can and will do in the future. It is high time that our significant contributions are properly recognised by policy and decision makers, to help provide our members with the support to continue doing what they do best. I believe we may be the only business sector that has been actively contributing to nature recovery at scale for so long that our strategy is unique. I will not rest until government, particularly the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), acknowledges that environmental expertise and action is not the sole preserve of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists. Our members have built a significant legacy and have vast practical experience of working in and with the environment to enhance and protect nature. We don’t just talk a good game, we deliver it on the ground.”

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