Mainstreaming biodiversity is the process of internalising the goals of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources into the policies, practices and programmes of economic sectors, development models and therefore human behaviour.

The starting point for being able to do this is for all involved to UNDERSTAND terms, legislation, impacts or principles that apply to biodiversity conservation, sustainable utilisation and the sector involved – in this case mining. It is also about understanding why biodiversity mainstreaming into mining needs to be done.

This has proven to be important in avoiding misunderstandings, better aligning goals (e.g. through making the business case for best practice in environmental management), recognising opportunities and identifying risks.

The work done in this regard has enabled a clear description of why mainstreaming biodiversity into the mining sector is important for the mining sector – the business case for considering biodiversity in all mining activities/all stages of the mining cycle.

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