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Reclamation and Closure Planning

Planning for a mine’s closure begins at the design stage and continues through the mine’s life to ensure the physical and chemical stability of the waste material that will be left behind. Our sites are all active mining or drilling operations, and continue to disturb land for as long as activities continue. Nevertheless, we practice progressive rehabilitation and reclamation of disturbed land. In 2012, our sites implemented progressive rehabilitation and reclamation of almost 120 hectares of land. Each of our mines has obtained regulatory approval for their closure rehabilitation plans, which are reviewed and updated regularly.

Habitat under Restoration1

  2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Approximate Hectares 119 84 45 93 113

1 These figures include reclamation activities such as seeding, replanting and removal of contaminated material within and outside our properties.

In Closing

In this, our fifth annual Sustainability Report, New Gold is again demonstrating our commitment to open reporting of our performance. At New Gold, we view transparency as essential for maintaining trust with our stakeholders, and to upholding our corporate reputation. Our performance targets for 2013 are based on our ongoing drive to improve our performance, and on feedback received from stakeholders. These targets are communicated to our employees.

As in past years, we are dedicated to conforming to the most stringent international standards for responsible corporate behaviour. We are guided by the Global Reporting Initiative 3.1 Guidelines and self-declared Level B. In the future, we plan to further improve the scope, depth and transparency of our reporting to meet the expectations of all of our stakeholders.