Commitment to the Environment
Monthly monitoring. The goal of our commitment is to conduct monthly monitoring to ensure the conservation of environmental quality through the use of sophisticated environmental measuring instruments and detailed assessment. In this way, we control the emissions of contaminants that could alter the natural characteristics of the water, air or surrounding noise; in other words, we control the risks that may present significant environmental damage. Participatory environmental monitoring and quarterly monitoring. Participatory environmental monitoring is about integrating AMG communities and staff, with transparency and commitment to activities and environmental protection, core values for our company. This monitoring is carried out in the presence of the communities closest to the mining units, specialists from a certified laboratory and members of our company.
Risks on Tracks
As part of our environmental responsibility, we are watering the lines of communication, in order to reduce the dust emitted by our transport units, in the presence of high winds. In this way, we reduce the risk of respiratory problems for our employees and the surrounding communities as well as the negative impact on the environment with regard to pastures, which are the mainstay of Andean livestock at altitude.
Handling of Solid Residues
Awareness of the Environment
For AMG, promoting environmental education for children and adolescents is an integral part of their training and development; it is about making them aware of the importance of protecting their environment as a foundation for sustainable development. With this in mind, AMG conducts educational, social and responsible activities with educational institutions, in order to raise public awareness of the concept of respect and protection of the environment.
Dissemination of Results of Participatory Monitoring
Environmental Damage Control
Community Information and Participation Program
Based on our constitutional commitment, this program consists of informing communities located in the direct influence zone of our project, the nature of the project, the environmental impacts identified and the measures envisaged in this regard. After the start of the authorized activities, information is regularly transmitted and the community is invited to participate in the results of implementation of the environmental management and the corrective measures identified.
Environmental Education Program
Education is the cornerstone of good environmental management because it not only facilitates its planning and start-up, but it can also contribute to reducing the negative effects of a project from its construction stage through by the assembly of the works and until its closing. Here are some of the topics covered in this regard:
- Awareness of the environment by all employees directly or indirectly related to the project
- Regional legal normativity on the protection of the environment, bodies responsible for its regulation
- Duties and Responsibilities on Environmental Management for the Mining Project
Example de Réalisation de Verdal-Reforestage:
Reforestation de la fosse CL sur la mine de Yaou
In 2010, Auplata initiated the replanting of the workings knows as the CL cut, at the Yaou mine site. The following photos show the various replanting stages at the site.
Stage 1 -May 2010:Land is prepared and retaining walls are built (posts and logs to support the earth).
Stage 2 – Plants are shipped in from the central nursery to the sites to be replanted, where temporary ""pop-nurseries"" are set up to condition and harden the plants with the same soil and climate conditions as the replantation sites.
Stage 3 – The best-formed plants are planted, and regrassing.
Stage 4 – View of the new plants growing.
Context: Working to promote responsible
and respectful mining operations
Guiana's forests are an ecological asset of global importance, due to its extent as well as to the diversity of its ecosystem. Mindful of the environmental consequences of mining activities, Auplata Group advocates an approach that is responsible, respectful and sustainable for Guiana's gold mining industry.
Mining operations that are responsible and respectful of environmental directives can no longer be envisaged without remediation assistance based on accurate analysis of the areas opened for mining operations.
Access to minerals requires stripping of the areas authorized for exploitation. In tropical zones, stripping a natural environment leads to erosion, which must be controlled before envisaging any ecological engineering.
2009 – 2011: Genesis
In 2009, Auplata, in collaboration with a respected local player, Les Jardins de la Comté, a nursery specializing in Guianese forest trees, had drawn up a technical plan for replanting the Yaou site, then immediately went on to:
- Install a forest nursery at the site.
- Draw up a profile of the sections to be replanted and bring in the necessary volumes of humus-bearing topsoil.
- Carry out three planting programs (May 2010, January 2011, May 2011), re-grassing trials to protect dam banks and earth benches.
The results of the tree planting (some 60 forest and fruit species) are particularly probative (over 95% rooting success rate, with an average growth rate for all species combined of 120 cm/year), unequalled in French Guiana.
2012: Verdal-Reforestage founded, an ecological engineering firm
Auplata hoped to create an environmental industry, to meet its own needs at its various mine sites as well as to extend these ecological engineering activities to other sectors of the economy with similar needs. The proven technical cooperation over the course of almost two years (technical results, training for nursery staff and operators in these new tasks), led Auplata to create, in January 2012, the company Verdal-Reforestage in partnership with Jean Weigel, the new firm's shareholder and Chief Operating Officer. With a post-graduate degree in Forestry, Jean Weigel is the man who initiated all these actions at the Yaou site as an external technical assistant. Verdal-Reforestage specializes in ecological engineering and remediation for degraded environments (mines, quarries, road corridors, channeled watercourses, land earmarked for development, etc.).
The firm's objective is to combine the technical forestry expertise of a tropical forest specialist, with the industrial resources mobilizable by Auplata (mining machinery, human resources, etc.), to meet Auplata's future replanting needs as well as offer those types of services to other public or private industrial enterprises in French Guiana or in other tropical rainforest countries. Verdal-Reforestage relies on a tried and tested production infrastructure to grow forest plants and other vegetation to reintroduce into remediation programs. It maintains a permanent stock of some 100 species of trees and other plants. This central nursery, based at Pointe Maripa, grows plants from seeds to seedlings (including sowing and transplantation).
Once this early growth is completed, and after rigorous selection of the best-formed plants, they are shipped to replanting sites, where temporary nurseries are installed: these "pop-up nurseries" are set up to condition and harden the plants in the soil and climatic conditions that they will encounter at the replanting sites. The success of the replantings (forest trees, orchards, or floral plantations after the destruction of their initial habitat) is entirely dependent on the quality of land-preparation: in addition to ploughing (deep tilling), it is important to transfer fertility, to compensate for the chemical poverty of tropical soils in wet climates.
This preparatory work permits the reintroduced plants to develop very fast and to outgrow weeds and other invasive plants. In its activities, Verdal-Reforestage uses the most appropriate machines for its operations, with access to the very wide range of construction, forestry and agricultural equipment available in the European market in recent years. Some of these tools have never been used in Guiana before.