Mines deliver essential metals for the energy transition to arrest climate change, yet they impact the resilience of both ecosystems and stakeholder communities. Bio+Mine focuses on the Sto. Niño copper mine (Philippines) where a negative legacy exists and we assess the current legacy issues, and with the local community, co-devise a programme of intervention that mitigates the problems, recovers valuable metals for renewables whilst neutralising problematic components. This site-specific system underpinned by local community’s knowledge and practices will be a model for wider implementation to other legacy and active mines worldwide.
I Care, We Care
Who are we?
We are a team of multidisciplinary scientists working together to mitigate the associated risks of the Sto. Niño mine to generate a sustainable, economically viable ecosystem in Tublay, Benguet.
What are we doing?
We are working closely with the community to gather social, biological, environmental, and geochemical data. We will adhere to the ethical standards and promote the welfare and protection of the Indigenous People.
Our team will respect, protect and promote the Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, tradition, and cultural heritage by fully adhering to the Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) and Customary Laws (CLs) Research and Documentation Guidelines of 2021.
How will the community benefit?
All social, ecological, and geological data will be integrated to inform a strategy for the reconstruction of Sto. Niño mine, leading to a full-scale system of interventions for the succeeding years.
This site-specific system will be a model for wider implementation to other legacy and active mines worldwide.
A collaborative project between the Natural History Museum (NHM), De La Salle University (DLSU), Imperial College London (ICL), Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), and University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW).
Our Funding Agency
This project is funded by the Global Centre on Biodiversity for Climate Programme of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), United Kingdom.
Bio+Mine’s Eco Team conducted sampling activities in select sayote farms within the Sto. Niño legacy mine site in Tublay last 8 December 2023. The collected plant and soil samples will be analyzed for possible heavy metal accumulation.
The Bio+Mine team turned over water tanks, hose pipes, and other water distribution equipment to the Sto. Niño, Tublay community on 31 January 2024. The materials will help provide the community additional water supply for domestic use.