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Biodiversity

We are committed to identifying the impacts of our operations and, where practicable, implementing actions that conserve and enhance biodiversity. All operating mines have developed biodiversity management plans and Land Management Plans (LMPs), with the assistance of our corporate Biodiversity Task Force. Biodiversity management plans identify potential biodiversity projects through a process that includes landscape-scale habitat inventory, assessment of biodiversity risks (linked with the operation’s Environmental Management System and Sustainable Development Risk Register process), identification of biodiversity opportunities and prioritization of projects. The plans generally consist of voluntary projects conducted in partnership with stakeholder groups, including government agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. LMPs provide the mechanism through which biodiversity considerations are incorporated into the site-specific planning process to minimize adverse impacts to biodiversity where practicable. LMPs consist of data overlays that illustrate the location and extent of significant biodiversity resources within and adjacent to mine sites.

As of December 2015, 12 Freeport-McMoRan sites were certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) Wildlife at Work program, which recognizes activities that create, conserve and restore wildlife habitat on corporate lands. Seven sites are certified by the WHC Corporate Lands for Learning program, which provides recognition to sites that promote environmental education and outreach initiatives in local communities.

WHC and Bat Conservation International honored Morenci with the Bat Conservation Action award in 2015, which recognizes programs that actively promote bat habitat through enhancement and management activities. Morenci received the award for several key bat conservation and environmental education activities, including protecting significant maternity colonies that inhabit caves near the site. Since installing a bat-compatible gate at the Eagle Creek Bat Cave in 2010, annual population monitoring has indicated a positive trend for multiple consecutive years with an estimated 2 million bats using the cave in 2015. Morenci has also educated the public about the importance of bats in the ecosystem, and partnered with local schools to develop student curriculum centered on bats.

Our commitment to environmental education extends beyond bats. Safford’s community development department maintains its productive partnership with Wild at Heart, an Arizona-based nonprofit dedicated to wildlife conservation. In 2015, Safford staff led and implemented a Burrowing Owl environmental education event that reached over 400 students from local schools. Students cycled through various stations and conducted hands-on activities relating to different aspects of owl biology and conservation.

Numerous sites have continued to utilize pollinator gardens to promote pollinator conservation as well as provide communities with opportunities for STEM education. Examples include organizing Earth Day, STEM Fest and youth engagement events where students take part in various activities focused on pollinator conservation. Miami was shortlisted as a finalist for the WHC/ Pollinator Partnership’s Pollinator Advocate Award for its successful implementation of pollinator habitat areas and public education efforts. PTFI maintains a successful program to release endangered butterflies (pollinators) into habitats within its project area.

Sites across our portfolio continued to implement programs to conserve imperiled species that occur within or adjacent to our properties. Safford is collaborating with the Gila Watershed Partnership to restore native riparian habitats on company lands along the Gila River, which will ultimately benefit the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. Tyrone and Morenci have management plans that benefit endangered native fish, and Miami is conducting activities to benefit the yellow-billed cuckoo and southwestern willow flycatcher. Internationally, Cerro Verde is conducting programs to protect Peruvian endangered species that occur on the site, including the guanaco and Peruvian long-snouted bat, and El Abra is implementing management programs at the Salar de Ascotán to conserve vegetative species.

We continue to work with industry groups and closely monitor developing concepts, including no net loss, net positive impacts and ecosystem services. In 2015, we participated in Business for Social Responsibility workshops and initiatives related to ecosystem services assessment tools and, along with several other large multinational corporations, worked to address definitions, indicators and disclosures used to define and understand ecosystem service risks and opportunities. We also participate in the ICMM Biodiversity Working Group, as well as the Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative, a collaboration between ICMM, IPECA and the Equator Bank Association. As this field evolves, we will continue to enhance communications on our biodiversity systems and initiatives.



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