Dangote Cement launches 5,000 tree planting project in Senegal
London, Nov. 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A Nigerian cement company, Dangote Cement has launched a project to plant 5,000 trees to restore its mining sites in Ngomène, Senegal.
The operation, which is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), comes at a time when the multinational is coming under fire from local communities.
The tree planting operation aims to restore land degraded by the exploitation of quarries for cement production.
Dangote also plans to create a 1.2 km long vegetation barrier. The company has chosen to plant filaos, a tree species that adapts to all types of soil and is tolerant to salt
“We are all aware of the importance of plants in the balance of ecosystems and in the protection of the environment, but also in the fight against climate change. The project will be carried out through the recruitment of agents in the surrounding villages, but also through watering with existing logistics,” says Layti Ndiaye, head of mining, geology and sustainable development at Dangote Cement Senegal.
The project will reduce the impact of dust emissions in the communities living near the plant. For months they have been complaining about the situation and accusing Dangote Cement of pollution.
Pollution has a direct impact on the lifestyles of the people living near the mines and cement plant.
“The herds no longer have pastures or ponds to drink from. The vegetables we grow here in the dry season are destroyed because they are covered with dust from the factory. Quarries are dug everywhere. All the stockbreeders and farmers in the area are complaining about this situation,” said Malick Guèye, the head of the commission in charge of agriculture and stockbreeding in the commune of Keur Moussa, to which the village of Ngomène belongs, more than a year ago.