As a member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, a part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), INSEE is always aware of the importance of protecting the environment, especially in biodiversity conservation.
QUARRY REHABILITATION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
The first step in cement production – the extraction of raw materials from the earth’s crust – inevitably impacts on the surrounding natural and social environment. In particular, the removal of soil and changes to the area’s topography are likely to affect local ecosystems and watersheds. However, these impacts can be successfully addressed and mitigated through the development and implementation of an e effective quarry rehabilitation plan. Indeed, in some cases, the e effective implementation of a well-designed rehabilitation plan can even result in significant environmental and social benefits.
INSEE Vietnam recognizes that it’s our responsibility to e effectively manage and rehabilitate the species living in quarries we operate. Hon Chong cement plant is located on the coast of Kien Giang province. The plant is located on a total area of 5.6 km ha, including a cement plant, a seaport, a river port, three limestone quarries and one clay pit. INSEE strives to address our industry’s challenges and opportunities of for environmental sustainability, including ecosystems conservation. Thus, quarry rehabilitation is firmly part of our environmental targets.
Since 2008, INSEE has partnered with external local partners and as well as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in order to provide the necessary expertise to develop tools and instruments system for good management planning with full support from Kien Giang province’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. INSEE’s integrated objectives are two-fold:
- Rehabilitation and o set project, contributing to biodiversity conservation with the enhancement of the local landscape
- Raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the positive impacts extractive industry can have on its environment.
To further strategize the relationship between the two organizations, on 27 November 2018, INSEE Group and IUCN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); to jointly implement robust sustainable environmental development standards for biodiversity conservation within the premises under management of INSEE Group. The three-year partnership also aims to protect limestone hills in the company’s quarrying sites in Kang Koi district, Saraburi, Thailand, as well as surrounding areas in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and turn them into forests through the company’s quarry rehabilitation programs. INSEE Group is the first company in Thailand’s
MR. JAKE BRUNNER - HEAD OF IUCN INDO-BURMA GROUP
The relationship between IUCN and INSEE in Vietnam is a good example of the importance of collaboration for effective Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) implementation. The relationship between IUCN and INSEE Vietnam was established in 2008 as part of a global agreement to strengthen biodiversity conservation at the plant, country and corporate levels. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the company on the preparation of a BAP for its plant in Hon Chong, a site of global biodiversity importance and look forward to cooperating with INSEE Vietnam, NGOs, scienticfic institutions and the provincial government to implement the plan