Lafarge Ecosystems, the environmental arm of Bamburi Cement, has signed an agreement with Pwani University that will see the two institutions partner on a array of environmental conservation initiatives.
The agreement is anchored on technical co-operation for building capacity in environmental related areas, with special focus on quarry rehabilitation, biodiversity management and environmental education.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will enrich sharing of information, collaborative research projects, enhanced training programs for environmental scientists and environmental education for the public.
Speaking during the signing in Mombasa, Lafarge Eco Systems Chief Operating Officer Mary Mueni said that the unit is continually evolving and seeking to execute even better on its mission to demonstrate world class environmental conservation, land and biodiversity management showcases.
“The partnership with Pwani University underpins our environmental agenda which seeks to practically demonstrate the sustainable rehabilitation of quarry wasteland into vibrant ecosystems such as Haller Park that can be used as both educational and recreational platforms, “she said.
“We have been able to showcase the possibilities of restoration and conservation that others can learn from, “Mary further added.
On his part, Pwani University Vice chancellor, Prof Mohamed Rajab said, “With the signing of this partnership, we forge a closer working relationship with Lafarge Eco Systems that will play a big role in facilitating practical research and work experience opportunities for our students on areas of mutual interest. We look forward to learning more about ecosystem restoration, biodiversity management as well as sharing of best practices.”
As part of the agreement, both institution will exchange scientific information and develop specific collaborative programs and projects. Additionally, they will collaborate on research projects, share publications and other materials of common interests.
Set up in 1971 as Baobab Farm Limited, Lafarge Eco Systems has made a name as the environmental and rehabilitation division of Bamburi Cement Limited. Its work in managing and utilizing reserve land, rehabilitating exhausted quarries and converting them into self sustaining ecosystems such as Haller Park, has earned it international recognition and accolades.
LES has also engaged the local communities trough the “Shamba System” , which is a form of agrofrestry that allows the local communities to produce food crops on Bamburi reserve land while taking care of the vegetation. This is mainly in Vipingo.