Biodiversity

GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3, 304-1, 304-3

Part of the MRS railway network is inserted in regions of biodiversity protection, which include two important Brazilian biomes – Atlantic Forest and Cerrado – and 17 Conservation Units (UCs). In line with social and environmental responsibility and legal commitment, MRS has environmental management programs aimed at mitigating and offsetting impacts to the flora and fauna.

Suppression of vegetation or management/removal of fauna are activities that may be necessary in the implementation of the Company’s new railway lines or in the expansion of existing ones. When these are expected, they are carried out based on environmental studies and authorizations from the relevant environmental agencies, while complying with the proposed offsetting measures. A recent example can be seen in the work being performed by MRS in Pederneiras, in the countryside of São Paulo, where the suppression of vegetation was monitored by a technical team (biologist and veterinarian), responsible for driving away and capturing animals in the region. Agreements have been entered into with an animal rehabilitation clinic and a local museum for the provision of any services that might be required.

The Company also maintains the Degraded Area Rehabilitation Program, which in addition to the restoration actions, is responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the recovered areas for three years, ensuring the success of the measures. MRS also acts, in a preventive manner through frequent inspections, at critical drainage points that may cause erosive processes on the railroad in its right of way area, executing the necessary construction, adaptation and maintenance works. So far, 12.4 hectares of degraded areas have been restored along the railway network. In 2020, due to the pandemic scenario, MRS did not rehabilitate new areas. The activities carried out include the construction and maintenance of drainage devices along the railway, as well as the maintenance of four areas that were recovered in later years. Learn more here.

Degraded/rehabilitated areas

GRI 304-3

Impacts arising from the Company’s intervention in APPs (Permanent Preservation Areas) during routine services and works, in its railway network, have their own offsetting program, the Offsetting Afforestation – Caminhos Verdes (Green Paths). In 2020, around 13 thousand native tree seedlings of the Atlantic Forest biome were planted in the Municipal Natural Park of Lajinha, located in Juiz de Fora/MG, corresponding to an area of 7.8 hectares of planting which is equivalent to a planted area of approximately 7 official soccer fields.

Conservation Units crossed by MRS railway network

APA: acronym for environmental protection area

MRS’ operations are located inside of environmental protection areas

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