Natural resources are the goods and services that nature provides us with, for sustainable use by human beings. For our Company, it is important to protect these resources and use them harmoniously when implementing our activities. As a result, seeing that biodiversity represents all forms of life, we believe that it is something precious that must be cared for and protected, because it is what keeps the planet going.
In the territories where we operate, natural resources and biodiversity are both vital, as the community’s activities' make use of them. Our most noteworthy practices include support and conservation of protected areas in our generation plants and projects' areas of influence, participatory ecological restoration, conservation of micro-basins, and many more actions that aim to protect and conserve natural resources.
Lines of action
We implement lines of action that enable us to improve our Company's productivity and competitiveness, contribute to the creation of value for our stakeholders, and build an organization that's aimed at learning, innovation and sustainable development.
- Identification of risks and impacts
Our work is based on the identification of the most significant risks and impacts relating to biodiversity, and these are recorded in our studies and matrices on environmental impacts.
The way these impacts are addressed is considered in the Environmental Management Plans for each generation plant or project, and we regularly report compliance with the management measures to the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) and the competent Regional Autonomous Corporations (CAR).
- Forests and species
We carry out conservation, restoration and offsetting work for 157.19 Km2 of vegetation cover in order to maintain the habitats, species and ecological services that they provide to society. These activities are performed in all our properties, forests and areas of interest, which generally form part of the basins where our operational power plants and generation projects are located. We also carry out the following activities:
- We implement programs for the conservation and recovery of endangered wildlife species that live in these areas.
- We undertake biological and reproductive studies on fish located in the basins of our reservoirs, to thus achieve the production of fingerlings or seed fish.
- We contribute towards the conservation, management and reproduction of Colombia’s threatened and endemic species.
- Knowledge management
We regard the study of our natural areas and their associated resources as a tool to plan and evaluate actions in the territories, based on the implementation of regular measurements that involve the participation of researchers from universities or specialized firms.
We conduct research in order to expand knowledge of nature's fundamental principles and apply scientific knowledge to human needs and technological development. It's a systematic process that allows us to improve the transfer and use of knowledge in the organization.
See our illustrated guides on fauna and flora species:
- Sustainable production
We seek to promote community initiatives through the responsible use of native biodiversity, under criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
- Regional coordination
We implement biodiversity conservation activities as a means of managing the habitats affected by our operations. This is done in partnership with local stakeholders such as communities, institutions, universities, and civil society organizations, among others.
Of particular note among these activities are: our work with the Regional Autonomous Corporations; the Banco2 initiative, which seeks to implement an offsetting system for the conservation and restoration of natural forests by paying for ecological services; and partnerships with National Parks to achieve harmony between generation projects and conservation interests regarding strategic ecosystems.
Biodiversity and natural resources
Working with others drives us to be better, to combine efforts and skills, and to share learning. As a result, we have joined various collective sustainability initiatives that relate to several aspects of our biodiversity efforts.
- Sustainable Development Goal: Life on land
Forests cover thirty percent of the planet’s land and these areas, in addition to providing food security and shelter, are essential for combating climate change. 13 million hectares of forest disappear every year.
We committed to this Sustainable Development Goal in 2016 to help care for the forests and species that inhabit our generation projects and plants' areas of influence.