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Zambia: Mine dump areas rehabilitation in progress at Kalumbila Mine.

Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) has commenced the national tree planting period by planting trees in mine dump areas as part of its rehabilitation program. The exercise is being spearheaded by the mine’s Environmental Department.

During the launch of the tree planting exercise, KML Environmental Manager Kachiwala Sapalo said the reforestation of the mine area is meant to transform the area’s landscape to retain the original vegetation of the area. He said the exercise will also help in improving water quality in the area.

“The plan is to turn this place into a tourism site. We will have a series of mountains and a lake in the middle, which is currently the Sentinel Pit. The entire exercise will take about 15years to be completed,” said Mr Sapalo.

At the same event, Mining Operations Manager Rees Magrath said KML is committed to taking care of the environment and will ensure to restore the mining area to its original form.

“We will not just pack up and leave this area after causing so many changes by our mining activities, we have chosen the responsible way of either leaving this place as we found it or improving on what we found,” Magrath.

So far, KML has rehabilitated 3 hectares of land and aims to cover a further 5 hectares in 2022 by planting at least 50,000 tree seedlings this wet season within the mine and surrounding areas.

The tree planting season takes place every year from December 15th to January 31st.

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