TO PROMOTE environmental sustainability as a shared responsibility, Carmen Copper Corp. has partnered with eight people’s organizations in Toledo City, Cebu to rehabilitate 100 hectares of waste dump and mined out areas this 2020.
In this undertaking, dubbed as Community-Based Reforestation Project, Carmen Copper and the members of the people’s organizations shall jointly grow trees—beginning from seedlings production up to planting.
The project was launched on June 25, 2020, during the observance of the Philippine Arbor Day.
The people’s organizations can later earn in participating in the project, which is aimed at intensifying progressive rehabilitation—a staged approach to revegetation as mining operations are ongoing.
Carmen Copper’s partnership with the community is also a way to raise awareness that environmental sustainability is everybody’s responsibility and inculcate a culture of responsible stewardship among employees and members of the community.
The mining firm will also provide livelihood opportunities to more than 250 members of the people’s organizations.
A total of 285,000 seedlings of acacia auri are targeted to be produced. About 2,500 seedlings will be planted per hectare or a total of 250,000 seedlings to cover 100 hectares.
Acacia auriculiformis or auri is a suitable species that can survive acidic soil. It has a more than 80 percent survival rate.
According to the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, auri is one of the few species found efficient in absorbing the metals and distributing heavy metals from its roots to leaves, making it suitable for mine rehabilitation.
The areas identified for the project are the Mabais Waste Rock Dump Site, south of Barangay Lutopan and an inactive area in the Carmen pit.
More than P13 million is earmarked for the project, and it will be funded under the company’s Social Development and Management Program for the livelihood component and Environment Protection and Enhancement Program for the reforestation aspect.
The participating organizations are the Barangay Biga Bagong Buhay Association of Barangay Biga, Bagakay Farmers Association of Barangay Bagakay, Santa Cruz Farmers Association of Barangay Loay, Pandong Bato Farmers Association of Barangay Media Once, Sam-ang Farmers Association of Barangay Sam-ang, ABSA Christian Farmers Livelihood Association of Barangay Don Andres Soriano and Ilag-Cantabaco Homebased Workers Association of Barangay Cantabaco.