Rare & Endangered Flora

Central to our programme is the indigenous trees nursery and arboretum, which aims to identify, research and propagate species of conservation interest to be used in the rehabilitation and re-vegetation of areas impacted by the project.

The mine’s indigenous tree nursery represents one of the largest of its kind in which a number of rare species considered of conservation significance have been successfully propagated for the first time. Amongst them are more than 90 that appear in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, as either Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable.

Most notably, two of the successfully propagated Critically Endangered trees are listed amongst the world’s 100 most threatened animal, plant and fungus species.

The mine’s arboretum was established to showcase efforts in protecting and conserving indigenous trees of conservation importance. The collection comprises specimens either rescued from disturbed areas of the mine or grown in the nursery.

Contributing to improving biodiversity in the region as part of our community programmes initiative, we donate indigenous trees for planting at our community infrastructure and other projects. We also actively collaborate in the management of coastal forest patches and seek opportunities to support a variety of conservation initiatives by donating trees to planting programmes in the region.

Our statistics to December 2017:

Trees propagated in the nursery 83,158
Species grown in the nursery 275
Critically Endangered trees propagated in the nursery 1,872
Trees planted out in the field 49,379
Including Gigasiphon macrosiphon planted out 1,433