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Tata Steel organizes nest distribution programme at Noamundi for sparrow conservation

Noamundi, December 20, 2017

As part of Biodiversity Management Plan, the Ore Mines & Quarries (OMQ) at Tata Steel today organized the nest distribution programme at Noamundi.

Artificial nests were distributed to 25 volunteers who came forward for sparrow conservation. Artificial nest boxes are used for enhancement of house sparrows population. All the nest boxes used for conservation of birds are prepared based on scientific design and field data. It is felt that distribution of artificial wooden sparrow nest boxes among all the stakeholders will not only popularize the idea but will draw attention towards conservation of the species.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sanjiv Paul, Vice President (Safety, Health & Sustainability), Tata Steel said: “We have taken several environmental initiatives for the conservation, preservation and restoration of biodiversity in our areas of operation. I am happy to see the involvement of employees in restoration of biodiversity in mining areas. I am sure that the programmes like this will encourage more people to volunteer for conservation of sparrows.”

With the help of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), OMQ Division has taken up an ambitious project of Niche Nesting at reclaimed mined out Pit Hill 1&2 of Noamundi Iron Mine. Around 130 nests of various sizes were installed at the site to attract local birds for nesting and to increase the local biodiversity linked to those birds. As an extension to the project, sparrow conservation has now been initiated to create awareness on enhancing biodiversity of house sparrows whose numbers have seen a fluctuating trend in the recent past. The common house sparrow is one of the most ubiquitous birds around and is one of the more familiar winged companions of human beings. The house sparrow is an ambassador to the common bird species. The hope is that the conservation of the house sparrow and its habitat will in turn help save much of the common biodiversity, which shares the habitat of the house sparrows.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.

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