Teck Resources Ltd. says it is taking action to protect 14,000 hectares of wildlife habitat in Canada and Chile.
The plan includes a $2 million donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for the purchase and ongoing management of nearly 8,000 hectares of land in British Columbia’s East Kootenays.
The company will also donate to the NCC approximately 162 hectares of land owned by Teck near Kimberley, British Columbia, plus $600,000 for ongoing management of the land.
In Chile, the company says 5,800 hectares of a wetland ecosystem near its Quebrada Blanca operations will be protected in partnership with the Ollague Quechua community.
Teck also announced $10 million to create an Indigenous Stewardship Fund and $12 million in new funding for the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support priority conservation projects in British Columbia.
Teck says it has set a goal of conserving or rehabilitating at least three hectares of land for every hectare affected by its mining activities.
“We are committed to working with local partners, communities and indigenous peoples to conserve ecologically and culturally significant lands and work towards becoming a nature-friendly mining company by 2030,” said the Minister. Teck CEO Don Lindsay in a statement.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 6, 2022