We are committed to undertaking our activities in a way that minimises impacts on the environment and maximises opportunities for positive environmental outcomes. Our Environmental Policy and the “Base Way”, our core set of guiding business principles, drive our commitment to prevent pollution and minimise impacts, while protecting and conserving biodiversity and driving environmentally responsible behaviour internally and in our communities.
We believe that good environmental performance contributes to business success. Our employees are empowered to work in an environmentally responsible manner and are encouraged to take personal responsibility in this regard. We work with our host communities, the environmental authorities, conservation groups and expert organisations to realise our objectives to sustaining and improving the regions rich biodiversity and regularly review our environmental performance to achieve continuous improvement.
A comprehensive understanding of the environmental impacts during exploration, design and construction and the opportunities presented during operations and ultimately closure direct our environmental programmes. Base Titanium ensures that management of environmental impacts receives appropriate attention and opportunities are identified and exploited.
In carrying out our mandate to drive environmentally responsible actions, we are guided by Base Titanium’s
News from the Environmental Team
Base Titanium strives to raise its environmental profile by participating in joint programmes and events aimed at promoting and advancing good environmental practice. We are recognised widely for our efforts and are the recipients of awards for our performance in contributing to the promotion of environmental sustainability.
Some of our recent achievements...
World Wildlife Fund Kenya and Base Titanium Training Workshop
1st December 2017 – WWF and Base Titanium jointly presented the 2nd training workshop on Understanding Environmental and Social Standards and International Best Practices (“IBP”) in Large-scale Developments. Aimed at building capacity and creating awareness of IBP and its associated standards in large-scale developments, the workshop brought together participants from the private sector, financial and academic institutions and government agencies. Its purpose was to create a constituency of change champions with capacity to drive initiatives that see developments implemented in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. A visit to the mine provided an opportunity to observe best practice in action.
International Coastal Clean-up Day 2017
16th September 2017 – In collaboration with conservation organisations, Base Titanium organised a clean-up of the beaches of Msambweni, Shimoni and Mkwiro on Wasini Island to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day. Over 600 volunteers representing local communities, schools and other organisations participated, collecting over 6 tonnes of trash. The collection was sorted and data transmitted to Ocean Conservancy for inclusion in its global database. Recyclable material was segregated and distributed to organisations for use in their recycling programmes.
Pwani Mazingira Awards 2017
27th June 2017 – Base Titanium’s achievement in implementing international best practices was recognised in winning the Pwani (Coast) Mazingira (Environment) Award in the Production Sector Category, which includes mining, manufacturing, processing and agriculture. The awards, organised by the National Environmental Management Authority (“NEMA”) with support from the Kenya Coastal Development Project and the World Bank, were presented by the Director General of NEMA.
World Environment Day
5th June 2017 – Celebrated annually, World Environment Day has been adopted by Kenya as a flagship campaign for raising awareness of emerging environmental issues. Base Titanium joined NEMA, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, National Museum of Kenya, WWF, Kwale County National Resources Network and others to mark the day. The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ celebrated national parks around the globe. The Kwale event saw 300 trees of conservation value, donated by Base Titanium, planted by the participants in the Shimba Hills National Reserve.
XXI AETFAT Congress
15-19th May 2017 – The 21st Association pour l’Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale Congress, hosted by the National Museums of Kenya and the University of Nairobi, provided a platform for Base Titanium to present its environmental programmes to eminent botanists working in tropical Africa. Base Titanium also supported post graduate students from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to attend the congress and present their research findings.
Total Ecochallenge Tree Planting Champions
23rd October 2016 – Organised by Total Kenya, every year the Total Ecochallenge recognises the ‘Tree Planting Champions’ of the past year who have contributed most towards the attainment of its objectives. Categories include individuals, farmers, community groups, schools, societies, clubs, institutions, organisations, businesses and industry. Started in 2003 with the aim of encouraging Kenyans to plant trees in every possible place, the Total Ecochallenge now incorporates over 5,000 projects that have planted over a billion trees. At the 2016 gala awards event, televised live, Base was presented with a trophy in the Business Category in recognition of its outstanding achievement in leading the way in species biodiversity.