Nurturing a Healthy Ecosystem
Located on the edges of Cerro Rico Mountain near Potosi, Bolivia, our San Bartolomé mine is characterized by grasslands and small wetlands. Vegetation within these landscapes is critical for controlling erosion and providing adequate resources for raising camel, a common practice in the area.
Over the course of the last three years, our San Bartolomé mine has collected seeds across seasons, evaluated different planting systems and tested numerous fertilizers to help reproduce key plants. Initially conducted at a pilot level, this research has allowed us to successfully revegetate 37 acres around Cerro Rico.
Going a step further, the team at Manquiri developed a study designed to remove the anonymity of many of the plant and animal species in the area. Thanks to these efforts, numerous new birds, lizards, insects, trees, cacti and ferns have been identified, helping us better accommodate native species during our operations.