As the world moves to minimise the adverse impact of climate change, a mining company in Kenya is turning heads as by transforming one of its fallow concession into a safe sanctuary for plants and animals.

This sharply contrasts the phenomenon in Ghana where some mining firms abandon mined pits and degrade the forests after their operations, putting species in harm’s way and fueling the climate crisis.

In the following report, Joy News’ Latif Iddris tells the story of how Bamburi Cement company beat all odds to change the face of their 300 hectors quarry site into a park.

Although it was inhabitable after the quarry shut down in the 1960s. 

But after a successful reclamation exercise, Bamburi Haller Park is one of Mombasa’s pride and Kenya’s lucrative tourism sites.

Managers of the park are in their own small way reducing emission by using alternative fuel; one of the priorities of the Sandai framework; UN-backed inter-governmental negotiations.  which encourage nations to build resilient communities to strengthen disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk at the national, regional and global levels.

Home to some eight different species of mammals, Haller Park welcomes 16,000 tourists annually. The tourists also come to see the reptile park which hosts some eight different species of reptiles.

There are also different species of butterflies and a fish farm all in the 300-acre park.

The eco-friendly environment is impacting positively on the life expectancy of the animals. A case in point is one of the tortoises at the park is said to be 160 years.

For the many tourists; Kenyans and foreigners alike who visit the Halla park, the Bamburi model is the way to go if the world is to ever mitigate the effect of climate change.

In Ghana, however, a good number of miners fail to reclaim the forests after their mining operations, not to think of transforming abandoned sites into parks. Many of the mining companies leave gaping pits uncovered.

 

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