Indigenous tree nursery and arboretum
Kwale Operations’ 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.
Kwale Operations 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 programs 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 programs in the region.
Statistics as at October 2021:
165,140 – Trees propagated in the nursery
297 – Species established in the nursery
2,844 – Critically Endangered trees propagated in the nursery
125,578 – Trees planted out in the field
2,361 – Critically Endangered trees planted out including Gigasiphon macrosiphon