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Mining Restoration projects

Restoration and direct reforestation of gold mines

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Location

Quebec, Canada

Some facts:

  • Four indigenous species established
  • Technologies used: trees and shrubs with special outplanting substrates
  • No organic or mineral amendment used

Viridis Terra International, through this restoration project, worked to improve techniques of direct reforestation developed during the ‘80s and ‘90s. These techniques allowed the rapid establishment and growth of seedlings in harsh environment, directly in mine waste, and the utilization of special growing substrates. For example, a mature boreal forest was established with these techniques within 35 years on a site disturbed by the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Quebec (Canada). Viridis Terra International continues to develop and improve this inexpensive technology for sustainable reforestation of mine sites.

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Ecological restoration of iron mines

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Location

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Some facts:

  • Consortium of two organizations with T2 Environnement
  • Five indigenous species established
  • Technologies used: Rough & Loose, Tree and shrub Cutting and Seedling with special outplanting substrates adapted to site conditions, SYLVENTM technology, among others

Viridis Terra International in collaboration with T2 Environnement develops the low-cost strategy and prepares plans and specifications for the ecological restoration of iron ore mines in Labrador (Canada). Viridis Terra International also provides advices to the Université Laval and McGill University on a R&D project related to the isolation, identification and selection of root vegetable symbionts to improve the rehabilitation of arctic and alpine tundra habitats in Canada affected by mining activities.

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Restoration and direct reforestation of sandpits

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Location

Quebec, Canada

Some facts:

  • 10 indigenous species established
  • Technologies used: trees and shrubs with special outplanting substrates
  • No organic or mineral amendment used

Viridis Terra International realized the restoration and direct reforestation activities in sandpits in Quebec (Canada) using special outplanting substrates which allow the rapid establishment and growth of seedlings in harsh sandy environment.

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Ecological restoration of mined waste using a new innovative technology

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Location

Quebec, Canada

Some facts:

  • More than ten indigenous species used
  • Technologies developed: SYLVENTM, an innovative technology with pending patent for the sustainable establishment of high-density tree and shrub communities for the ecological restoration of natural forest ecosystems
  • Very low input technology

The traditional techniques used to revegetate mined sites in forest ecosystems are generally not sustainable on the long term, which cause problems of environmental liabilities to mine companies. Viridis Terra International has been developing on three different mined sites in Canada a new ecological restoration technology with a pending patent called SYLVENTM for the sustainable establishment of high-density tree and shrub communities directly on mined waste without much inputs to favor the rapid return of the woody ecosystems of origin. Viridis Terra International continues to optimize this new technology which will be highly beneficial to the mining sector.

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Vegetation of a gold and copper mine

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Location

Quebec, Canada

Some facts:

  • Project in collaboration with and under the lead of Biolistik
  • Five agronomic species established
  • Technologies used: ash, wood chip, paper sludge, herbaceous plant, symbiotic microorganisms

The use of ash to structure fine tailings and plant symbiosis with a mix of oats, white clover and millet, improved plant establishment and growth to help rebuild a sustainable healthy agricultural field in the main mining basin. This technique leads to the formation of an indurated layer in soil which protects plants against heavy metal contaminants.

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Forest Landscape Restoration projects

Restoration of forest and agroforest ecosystems in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru

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Location

Selva central, Peru

Some facts:

  • Peru has pledged through the Initiative 20x20 and the Bonn Challenge to restore 3 200 000 ha of deforested and degraded lands by 2030
  • Around 3000 ha will be sustainably restored as part of the establishment of a Demonstration Center by Viridis Terra International during the project phase 1
  • More than 150 landowners and tenants will directly benefit from the project phase 1
  • The Demonstration Center will be used for training, capacity building as well as the mobilization of stakeholders and of local expertise, and to prepare for the large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (IFLR) activities in the country
  • The Demonstration Center will serve to train and build the capacity of hundreds to thousands of individuals in different aspects of the project

The project phase 1 of this new Forest Landscape Restoration (IFLR) business model will be implemented in the region of the Selva Central in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Project facilities will be established in Pucallpa (Ucayali). Potential collaboration opportunities with NGOs, concerned institutions, multilateral and local private organizations are systematically explored and developed. Engagement activities have already started with many local as well as national stakeholders.

During the project phase 1, around 2500 ha will be restored and sustainably managed at the watershed level in the region of the National Van Humboldt Forest located in the Ucayali Department and act as the main Demonstration Center. Furthermore, around 500 ha more will be restored and sustainably managed in five to six satellite centers in Loreto, San Martín, Huánuco, Pasco, Junín, and Amazonas. These regions together have a potential for restoration of more than 1 500 000 ha and were targeted as high priorities for restoration by the Peruvian government. Around 30 IFLR model systems will be established within the Demonstration Center, including agroforest, commercial forest, natural forest, and wetland ecosystems.

Viridis Terra International’s sustainable IFLR and management activities will be scaled up during phases 2 and 3 to, respectively, 15 000 ha and more than 50 000 ha across the country per year. The project will also, directly and indirectly, benefit tens of thousands of Peruvians, through the creation of hundreds of new jobs, capacity building, green economic development, new economic alternatives and improvement of living and environmental conditions.

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International Development projects

KLIMA project

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Location

North and Northeast region, Haiti

Some facts:

  • Consortium of two organizations with Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)
  • Directly benefiting three local organizations and 129 landowners
  • One training session on sustainable energy forest establishment and management
  • One training session on composting and management of residual organic waste
  • One composting site for household organic waste with a capacity of 700 tonnes per year
  • 50 ha (150 more to come) of degraded land converted in sustainable energy forests through the plantation of fast-growing species (Leucaena, Acacia and Prosopis)

This project aims to support the efforts made to fight climate change in North and Northeast of Haiti through:

  • The implementation of sustainable energy forests, and
  • Eco-industrial composting of organic waste.

Focusing on the strengthening of local capacities, the project was designed in collaboration with Haitian strategic partners to mobilize their expertise, guarantee that actions are adapted to the needs of the communities, and ensure a real local ownership of inhabitants in the fight against climate change. Implemented by the consortium, Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), and Viridis Terra International, this project combines CECI’s experience and network in Haiti with Viridis Terra International’s technical expertise.

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