Monday July 23, 2018

Nickel industry plants more than 4 million trees

MANILA. Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation grows peanut grass, napier grass, and acacia in their nursery. These were chosen based on growth rate, nitrogen-fixing properties and potential to control soil erosion. (Contributed photo)

GOING beyond compliance in implementing responsible and sustainable mining operations, key players in the Philippine nickel industry have planted an estimated 4.2 million trees to date in the Caraga region and in Palawan.

The Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA), through its seven member-companies, has upped its greening efforts in recent years as part of ongoing progressive rehabilitation and reforestation in their respective mining areas.

“Our member-companies have planted more than we have mined. In fact, our ‘green’ footprint is larger than our mining footprint in terms of area. Our aggregate reforestation effort comes up to a total of about 2,000 hectares planted to date,” said Charmaine Olea-Capili, PNIA executive director, citing a forest density of about 2,100 trees per hectare -- which is much higher than the country’s National Greening Program.

A variety of indigenous and endemic tree and grass species have been successfully planted since the start of rehabilitation efforts. These include Agoho, Mahogany, giant bamboo, Tiger Kamagong, Tiga, Ipil, Narra, and Ironwood, as well as fruit-bearing trees like Calamansi, Rambutan, Cashew, Jackfruit, and Cacao, among others. Cash crops such as rubber, coffee, vegetables, and herbal plants are also grown in the mine sites’ respective nurseries.SEE MORE