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In what is an environmental world-first, a unique species of tree from India that can produce diesel fuel and other valuable by-products has been successfully planted on an area of disused mine-land outside the Copperbelt town of Chingola.
It’s the first stage of a $7.5 million project driven by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), in partnership with land regeneration experts BetterWorld Energy Zambia. The project, which is being funded in partnership with donor agencies and other financial institutions, will see the planting of 400 000 of the trees over the next three years.
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We were happy to welcome the Times of Zambia, reporter Mr Stanislous Ngosa to visit the mine site regeneration project at the KCM Nchanga Mine Site, Chingola. He can clearly see the potential of what we are doing. Learn about our strategic funding partners MUSIKA here.
BetterWorld Energy partnering with MUSIKA and KCM have pioneered the use of elite Pongamia pinnata (VayuSap TM) to revegetate KCM, Nkana mine disused copper tailings dump facilities in Chingola, Zambia. This project will not only help improve the quality of life for people living near the mine, but create long-term sustainable jobs for a post-mining community, producing bioenergy, bio-pesticides and bio-pharmaceuticals.
BetterWorld Energy is regenerating degraded and polluted landscapes in Zambia. We regenerate landscapes by planting trees that produce bio-energy, fertiliser for food crops and bio-pesticides.
We want to train a group of local ladies - mothers, single mothers, orphans and widows - in tree planting and care. To enable them to participate we need to provide a stipend to enable them to support their families. We hope that after 6 months we will have obtained project finance and these ladies will be fully-employed in a much bigger tree planting project.
To secure permits for import of elite Pongamia pinnata from India to Zambia BetterWorld followed a rigorous plant quarantine and phytosanitary checks. We took representatives from the Forestry Department and Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Services (PQPS) from the Government of Zambia to India to inspect the VayuGrid sapling nursery , tree plantations, post-harvesting processing and end-use.
Seed processing involves pressing dried de-hulled pongamia seeds.
Pressing produces a clear pure oil, which can be used in simple generators and smelters or further processed into biodiesel for blended use in modern cars, trucks or machinery.
Which can be put directly into a generator to provide low cost off-grid power.
BetterWorld has developed a unique South-South technology transfer which links women in India and Zambia. Our #VayuSap elite Pongamia pinnata saplings start their journey in Southern India, where they are deleafed, desoiled and fumigated before their long trip to Zambia.
Pongamia pinnata VayuSap TM saplings are prepared by the VayuGrid ladies before repacking, and fumigation ready for shipment to Zambia.
Once the saplings arrive, we unpack, repot and acclimatize them.
They are then cared for by our team of ladies here.
For the first time, elite Pongamia pinnata will be planted in Sub-Saharan Africa to bring life to a post-mining landscape in Zambia. Copper tailings are produced after copper bearing rocks are crushed and leached with sulphuric acid. The copper concentrate is removed and the resulting sediments are pumped into a tailings storage facility. These are then reprocessed to remove any remaining copper, and the storage facility is left abandoned, ready for rehabilitation.
BetterWorld Energy has a unique strategy to revegetation that makes good environmental sense, but also good economic sense. Our approach creates a whole new post-mining economy, jobs that last beyond the revegetation activities, through the production of bioenergy, bio-pesticides, high value bio-pharmaceuticals and organic fertilisers and animal feeds from Elite Pongamia pinnata (VayuSap TM).
For the first time, ladies from the local community are provided with the chance to envision a future of stable employment in a healthy environment. The new skills they have learnt, planting and caring for the new saplings, will be of considerable value as we seek to scale our ecosystem regeneration activities to a much larger area.