The Chinchillas Mine which is part of our Puna Operations is approximately 25 kilometers from the Laguna de Los Pozuelos a UNESCO-designated protected biosphere reserve, and international important wetland under the Ramsar Convention. It is home to a wide range of aquatic birds including three species of Flamingo, Corn, Barcino and Pueno ducks and herds of Vicuña.
Puna Operations undertake and maintain comprehensive monitoring of flora, fauna and limnology biannually and monitor water, soil, noise, dust and vibrations on a monthly basis to make sure we do not affect the reserve. Our monitoring data indicate that Puna Operations have no impact, including impacts on water quality or quantity. On site, a hunting ban and felling ban are enforced which benefits biodiversity.