BMSC is committed to rehabilitating the site progressively throughout the mine life, completing this important work once mining has finished. At the end of 2015, the total amount of land disturbed and not yet rehabilitated was 697.3 ha. An additional 71.2 ha of peripheral areas were included in the overall disturbed area in 2015.

A total of approximately 31 ha of habitat has undergone initial rehabilitation and offset biodiversity planting and will be completed as part of the overall closure effort. The rehabilitation efforts consist of: grading and topsoil cover, terraces constructed on the northern waste rock dump, and a total of 20,014 trees planted (11,582 in rehabilitated areas including replacement planting).

The Eritrean Internal Review Committee provides quarterly assessment of the Company’s performance with respect to ongoing rehabilitation efforts. To complete the rehabilitation, closure success indicators need to be developed and monitored by the Company and approved by the Government of Eritrea.

Total area planted to date Biodiversity offset 16.9 ha
Rehabilitation areas 14.5 ha
Total area planted to date New and replacement planting 20,014 seedlings