In order to accelerate further improvement of the environmental conditions around the Bucim mine, the lowland slope of Bucim mine’s TSF tailing dam, Topolnica, was successfully afforested between 27 April and 11 May 2020.
During this first stage of afforestation, a total of 900 Acacia seedlings and 470 Arizona Cypress seedlings were planted. This is an important first step towards the biological reclamation of Bucim mine’s TSF tailing dam which covers an area of 11,000 m2. The seedlings planted stabilize the ground surface, prevent dust emissions, refine the surface, purify the air and improve microclimatic conditions.
Tree planting is an ongoing activity and is carried out regularly every year. By the end of 2020, according to the annual program for afforestation of the lowland slope, another 2,000 Acacia seedlings and 1,000 Arizona Cypress seedlings will be planted on an area of 30,000 m2.
“Afforestation on the lowland slope of the TSF tailing dam is an ongoing activity that we perform every year in order to maintain and increase the forests and green areas near the mine. Environmental protection is an important aspect of our work and we try to reduce the impact on the environment through all of our activities,” explained Nikolajcho Nikolov, Deputy General Manager of Bucim.