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.
The Bio+Mine team, in partnership with the Benguet Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, facilitated a 3-day training on disaster preparedness for the community in Sto. Niño, Ambassador, Tublay. The training was held at the Sto. Niño Development Center on 6-8 November 2023.
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand – The Bio+Mine Ecological Team, represented by Dr. Mylah Villacorte-Tabelin and Miss Alissa Jane Mondejar from the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, participated in the Practical Bioinformatics Skills for Plant and Animal Whole Genome Sequencing Data Training held at the Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, Kamphaeng Saen Campus of the Kasetsart University in Thailand on August 28 to September 1, 2023.
The Pontino Elementary School and Sto. Niño Elementary School in Tublay, Benguet Province, are collaborating with the Bio+Mine team to foster socio-civic responsibility and uphold knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among the youth through a Book Writing Workshop.