Protecting the natural world

For every hectare of land affected by mining, De Beers Group sets aside a further six hectares dedicated to conservation.

De Beers Group’s ambition to leave a lasting, positive legacy across every part of its business, while also helping to strengthen the relationship between people and nature, is summed up by an inherent drive to protect the natural world.

Mining can be an environmentally-intensive process, so we focus on carrying out all our activities in a sustainable manner, considering our impact on the environment at every stage, knowing that it will remain long after we’ve mined our last diamond.

Be it through the 200,000 hectares we set aside for conservation, the nature reserves we own and manage across southern Africa or our translocation of 200 elephants to a country that desperately needs them: we believe in the importance of forever.

The strength of our connection to conservation is not only in how we approach and address environmental impacts around our operations, but also in how we demonstrate our commitment through innovative conservation projects.

Elephant Translocation

An initiative born of a deep sense of responsibility and part of De Beers Group’s commitment to investing in new and innovative ways to protect the natural world.

In July 2018, De Beers Group began translocating the first of 200 elephants from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.

Established in the early 1990s and covering 32,000 hectares, at the beginning of 2018 the VLNR was home to more than 270 elephants, but can only adequately accommodate 60 of them.

With the overpopulation of elephants, through natural population growth, causing damage to an ecosystem that must sustain a diverse wildlife population, De Beers Group sought out a partner to help alleviate the damage being caused.

With Peace Parks Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organisation focused on the preservation of large functional cross-border ecosystems, De Beers Group began to translocate 200 elephants to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.

In stark contrast to South Africa, Mozambique’s wildlife population, including elephants, were depleted following a 15-year civil war in the country. Zinave provides significant carrying capacity for large numbers of elephants across its 408,000 hectares and is currently home to fewer than 100 elephants.

The first 48 elephants arrived at Zinave in July and the remaining 150 will be moved to conservation areas in Mozambique that have sufficient elephant carrying capacity from 2019