Through our Environmental Policy we are committed to achieving sustainability and biodiversity objectives including:
- locating facilities such that critical habitats are not disturbed and impacts to threatened species are minimised;
- achieving a net positive biodiversity outcome; and
- maintaining ecosystem services.
Base Titanium’s environmental programmes are aimed at identifying and exploiting opportunities for positive outcomes and include initiatives that will be progressively implemented over the life of the mine.
Working with partners, we have initiated a range of programmes and continue to explore new opportunities as summarised below.
Biodiversity and Conservation Programme
This programme capitalises on possibilities for improving conservation outcomes presented by the mine being located adjacent to forest fragments that constitute the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Biodiversity Hotspot supporting endemic plant species and significant biodiversity. In collaboration with specialists from the National Museums of Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forest Service, regular surveys of habitats of conservation importance are undertaken to improve knowledge of the region’s rich biodiversity. Through this programme new species have been recorded and discoveries made. Read more.
Rare and Endangered Flora Propagation Research Programme
Targeting species of conservation interest, the programme identifies plant species and techniques for propagation in the Rehabilitation and Restoration Programme. Central to this initiative, our indigenous trees nursery was established for the propagation of such species. In August 2016 an arboretum was set up alongside the nursery to showcase Base Titanium’s conservation and biodiversity initiatives. Read more.
Wetland Restoration Programme
Our commitment to conserving biodiversity and exploiting opportunities presented by the operation is demonstrated through this programme. In partnership with the National Museums of Kenya, Base Titanium has re-established a wetland that now provides a habitat for both flora and fauna of conservation importance. Additional wetlands have been established and integrated into the storm water management systems thus further expanding aquatic habitats in the locality. Read more.
Establishing a Biodiversity Corridor
In committing to achieving a net positive biodiversity outcome, a forest corridor to link remnant fragments of indigenous forest to the Gongoni Forest Reserve is being planted in areas that will not be impacted by mining activities. Read more.
Rehabilitation and Restoration Programme
Base Titanium aims to prevent, mitigate or offset the effects of its operations on the environment. To achieve this, rehabilitation and restoration are placed at the centre of its environmental management system. Rehabilitation of areas impacted during construction of the mine infrastructure and of the outer walls of the tailings storage facility is yielding positive results. Read more.
Waste Recycling Programme
Caring for the environment by preventing pollution, maximising resource efficiency and encouraging responsible behaviour drives the waste recycling programme. Founded on the principal of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, the programme aims to create a culture of reducing waste, reusing resources and recycling useful materials. Read more.
Environmental Education Programme
Encouraging everyone to take responsibility for the environment forms the basis of this programme. Working in partnership with our host communities, conservation groups and environmental experts, we create awareness of the importance of protecting the environment, preventing pollution, conserving biodiversity and undertaking development in an environmentally responsible manner. Read more.