Nordgold to reforest 18 hectares of land in West Africa in 2022
16 September 2022
Nordgold Group («Nordgold» or the «Company»), the internationally diversified gold producer, is pleased to announce that in line with the Company’s Environmental Policy and Statement on Biodiversity Commitment, its mines will reforest 18 hectares of land in Guinea and Burkina Faso in 2022.
In Guinea, the Lefa mine will reforest 15 hectares, planting over 16,500 trees and other plants. The 2022 reforestation programme focuses on areas near new school of Tombani (built by the mine in 2021) and former Kassa-Kassa and Pharmacie open pits.
In Burkina Faso, Nordgold’s Bissa mine provided 9,264 trees to local communities which resulted in reforestation of over 3 hectares with mainly moringa trees.
The Company mines in West Africa annually invest in reforestation programmes to ensure that progressive reforestation preserves biodiversity by the time our mines reach the end of their life cycle.
«At Lefa we operate our own tree nursery with annual capacity of around 20,000 saplings. We use fast growing plants recommendable for local ecosystem which are delivered to the nursery from Australia and Europe. The saplings are then developed for three to four months before we plant them together with the members of the local community»Soutogo KolieEnvironment Superintendent at Lefa
To learn more about reforestation programme of Nordgold’s mines please watch our new film "Looking to the Future".
Marisha LeonCorporate Communications Manager, Africa
Nordgold acquired the Lefa mine in 2010. Since then, the Company has invested almost US$1.5 billion into the country thereby maintaining its position as one of Guinea’s leading gold producers. From 2011 to 2021, Nordgold paid Guinea more than US$250 million in corporate taxes and royalties and Lefa provides direct employment to more than 1,300 employees, as well as over 1000 indirect jobs. The Lefa mine has also invested significantly to improve the provision of local health and education services, including the deployment of new medical facilities and construction of 40 schools.
Bissa-Bouly mines operated by Nordgold in Burkina Faso are co-owned by Nordgold and the Government of Burkina Faso, which controls 10% of the operations. Nordgold grew into one of the largest gold miners operating in Burkina Faso. Nordgold’s investment in Burkina Faso has exceeded US$1.3 billion and, since 2009, Nordgold has contributed over US$500 million to the government in the form of taxes and royalties. Bissa-Bouly supports more than 1,300 jobs. Community initiatives in Burkina Faso include the construction of new quality homes for local communities, considerable investment in new infrastructure projects including roads, schools and health centres, as well as investment into agriculture and livestock and supporting the development of small businesses.
Nordgold is an internationally diversified one million ounce gold producer with over 8,000 people operating a portfolio of eight mines (in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Russia and Kazakhstan) and a number of development and exploration projects in West Africa, Eurasia and North America. Since its foundation in 2007, Nordgold has established a global reputation as a leading developer of tier one gold mining assets with a proven commitment to community engagement, sustainability, efficiency and operating in an environmentally responsible manner. Since 2013, Nordgold has successfully constructed three gold mines, including two in Burkina Faso (Bouly and Bissa) and most recently, the Gross mine in Russia.