We have an active interest in protection of the natural environment, and have several projects in place.
For example, in Zambia, we are working with authorities and local communities to help restore depleted forest in an area of 40,000 hectares. Not only will this project enhance the sustainability of local communities, it will preserve the carbon sequestering capacity of the forest.
It is well established that rainforests around the world play an important role in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. We estimate that the area of forest that we are supporting in Zambia will capture up to 200 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide per year over the coming 30 years.
In another example, we have launched a conservation and international research project with the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland and Imperial College London to help address the plight of the Atlantic Salmon in Iceland. The population of salmon in the North Atlantic region overall has fallen by a factor of 3-4 over recent years. It is now a threatened species. The aim of our work is to couple pragmatic shorter term conservation measures with a longer term research programme aimed at identifying additional actions based on a deeper understanding of the habitat and life cycle of the salmon in North East Iceland.