Wetland Restoration

The environmental department has revived a wetland in an area where an ephemeral wetland previously existed. Prior to 2013 the area had remained dry for a number of years.

Having identified it as suitable for rehabilitation, project infrastructure was located to avoid encroachment into the area. Drainage from the tailings storage facility was directed to flow into the former wetland and indigenous sedges and other aquatic vegetation planted.

The wetland now provides an ideal habitat for both floral and faunal species of significant conservation importance. Recent amphibian and reptile monitoring found that colonies of the endangered Shimba Hills Reed Frog (Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus) and the Forest Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus sylvaticus) have quickly re-established themselves.