Our operations on Christmas Island recognise its unique and sensitive environment. A large part of the Island - around 63 percent - has been placed in a national park. By contrast, mining leases cover 14% of the Island.
Instead of being required to rehabilitate its mining leases at the end of the mine life, PRL pays a conservation levy to the Australian Government for rehabilitation and conservation purposes. The Government uses these funds on rehabilitation and conservation beyond the existing mining leases. The Christmas Island Minesite to Forest Rehabilitation Programme (CIMFR) was launched in 1989 to preserve the endemic species and to rehabilitate parts of the national park.
The operations on Christmas Island occur in a unique environment which comprises rainforest, major seabird colonies, spectacular land crab populations, pristine marine habitats and a high number of endemic species.
Christmas Island is also the home of some PRL employees and shareholders and as such the Company is committed to maintaining the unique environment of the Island while at the same time contributing to its economic development.
PRL's environmental policy is to:
In addition, PRL is committed to:
In addition to our ongoing environmental work, PRL is dedicated to ensuring that the 63% of Christmas Island that is currently covered by the National Park is preserved for future generations.
The Company since 2014 has been funding a major program for feral cat and rat eradication which is already achieving positive results observed in the increase in the survival rate of fledgling sea birds.