Tenke Fungurume Mining, a Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold company, supports the cleanup of the Kelangile River and horticultural training in partnership with local agencies

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Tenke Fungurume Mining, a Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold company, supports the cleanup of the Kelangile River and horticultural training in partnership with local agencies

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Horticulture training for local growers sponsored by Tenke Fungurume Mining

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:15am

CAMPAIGN: Freeport-McMoRan: Communities & People

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In a project sponsored by the Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) Social Community Fund, three months of river cleaning was carried out by the University of Lubumbashi for a sound and healthy environment for the population directly affected by the overflowing Kelangile River during the rainy season. This project was supervised by the National Hydraulic Agency of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Land was ploughed on both sides of the river and riverbanks were stabilized with permanent vegetation. The areas damaged by natural and anthropogenic erosion were strengthened. Guard ditches and drainage channels and canals were constructed. An irrigation-drainage system was installed to let water in during the dry season and remove excess water during the rainy season. In order to maintain the benefits of this work, a management committee was established and its 30 members trained on river maintenance.

Dredging the river and prepare the banks for crop planting is also of paramount importance to control waterborne diseases and the spread of mosquito larvae in the communities surrounding TFM operations.

At the end of the river cleanup the National Service for Urban and Periurban Horticulture, with the support of the TFM Social Community Fund, organized a horticultural training program for local growers in Fungurume in natural production techniques and environmental protection, with the goal of increasing vegetable production while reducing reliance on chemical fertilizers.

For further information about how Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. supports the communities in which they operate, please visit their website at http://www.fcx.com/envir/soc_com.htm

Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/envir/wtsd/pdf-wtsd/2011/WTSD_Bk_2011.pdf

Keywords: Social Impact & Volunteering | Democratic Republic of Congo | Environment | Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold | Social Community Fund | Tenke Fungurume Mining | agriculture | environmental protection | horticultural training | increased production | local growers

CAMPAIGN: Freeport-McMoRan: Communities & People

CONTENT: Article