Since the beginning of our operations, and as part of our commitment to the environment, we have transformed 4,800 hectares, where we previously operated open-pit mining, and converted them into woodlands.
Thanks to the reconstruction of these habitats, wildlife species have returned to these areas, spontaneously establishing themselves there, such as the jaguar, the gray brocket, southern tamandua, oncilla, red-footed slider turtle, American kestrel, and significant populations of other birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles.
We have planted more than two million native trees from more than 40 species, which are part of a project to create a biodiversity corridor of more than 25,000 hectares between the Serranía del Perijá and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. In addition, we contribute to protecting threatened and endangered species such as the verawood, black sapote, perehuetano, monkey pot, raintree, and garcero.
We also promote the participation of communities in topsoil conservation and preservation and implement sustainable agricultural and livestock practices with programs such as the Farming Silvopasture Production Systems, which transmits technology and knowledge to more than 150 people from six communities on proper land use and management. In addition, we established conservation agreements with communities, associations, and families in the region for the restoration, recovery, and protection of strategic areas for conservation in areas surrounding the Mine.