ENVIRONMENT

Rehabilitation

Mine Footprint

Ambatovy will restore a multifunctional forest on the Mine’s footprint (see environment map) through progressive revegetation. The rehabilitation program has been designed in close consultation with local stakeholders. 2015 marked the start of a ten-year rehabilitation plan with 10.25 ha of mine infrastructure and affected areas rehabilitated. An industrial-scale production nursery is operated as part of this plan, complimented by community nurseries. A research nursery, devoted to experimenting with a variety of species and cultivation methods, will help identify optimal conditions for successful rehabilitation.

Pipeline

The Pipeline avoids native forests wherever possible and only passes through near-primary zonal forest within the first two km of the Mine Site. This loss of zonal forest will be offset in the near future as the forest is rehabilitated and residual impacts are accounted for in the biodiversity offsets program.

During the rest of its route, the Pipeline avoids forests and protected areas by routing through old slash-and-burn patches or passing underneath expansive waterways and unavoidable forest fragments using the latest technologies such as horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Now, after Construction, forest connectivity in specific areas is being re-established through targeted reforestation activities aimed at linking and integrating the remaining forests into a fully functioning ecosystem.