The Adjenjua Bepo forest, located in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region of Ghana, has been adversely impacted over the decades by logging and agricultural activities that have degraded the forest’s plant life and biodiversity.
Newmont operates the recently constructed Akyem mine on 101 hectares of the previously degraded forest. As part of the company’s permit to operate the mine, Newmont has embarked on a program, in partnership with Ghana’s Forestry Commission, to reforest 317 hectares of the Adjenjua Bepo forest – replanting three hectares for every one hectare impacted by the mine’s footprint.
The Akyem mine has established a nursery with the capacity to hold 70,000 seedlings for the reforestation program. More than 60,000 indigenous and commercial plant seedlings from 30 different species have been raised, with the approval of the Kade District office of the Forest Services Division.
Additionally, some 50,000 Cedrela odorata (Cedrela) seedlings have been raised at the mine’s plant nursery and planted alongside indigenous seedlings, as recommended by the Forestry Services Division of the Forestry Commission.
“Coming from an industry that transforms mineral resources into shared value, we are very much aware of our obligation to work within a regulatory framework that ensures responsible and sustainable conduct and management of our natural resources,” says Johan Ferreira, Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Africa. “Our environment is like our home; it needs constant care to remain conducive and habitable.”
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