The project aims a raising awareness on the rich biodiversity of the area targeting (1) local communities (through schools) around the quarry and (2) the CIM Benin employees. It foresees in an inventory of the wildlife of the quarry and its environs. The inventory will consist of a quick scan of the main wildlife species and will focus on birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. This is a first step in creating a biodiversity baseline for the quarry and the wider landscape it is situated in. Such a baseline is a prerequisite for monitoring the impact of mining activities and to strengthen CIM Benin’s mitigation and restoration activities. The biodiversity assessment will be translated in an educational poster and an environmental lesson/masterclass package. Together with a selection of schools around the quarry the project will organize environmental classes. A special event will be organizec with CIM Benin employees.
The project wants to set up a monitoring mechanism for birds in and around the Fongba quarry. It aims to periodically monitor the different bird species of the site and an adjacent area nearby to compare species numbers and diversity. By creating a baseline we will be able to get a better insight on what the impact of the quarry is on birds and from there advise on action that can be taken to reduce negative impacts and stimulate positive interventions.

The Geo-referencing and the realization of visual tool from drone for cartography

The aim of this activity is to geo locate each of these absolutely vital devices for the survival of the last bird species on the site

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18Sep

The realization of a survey on the knowledge and the apprehension of the employees

This activity was initiated to assess the level of ornithological knowledge of employees, collect the findings and stories from the proximity to wildlife and finally collect the opinions and proposals of employees of the site. A dozen employees of the site was interviewed

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18Sep

Identification of suitable areas for birdwatching

Preliminary surveys allowed us to make choices of areas where the inventory will take place.

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18Sep

Geo referencing of water points and niches still present on the quarry site

The aim of this activity is to geo locate each of these absolutely vital devices for the survival of the last bird species on the site. It will also lead to targeted actions, not in isolation. It also allows surrounding visual elements comparable to the current state of the site.

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14Sep

The realization of four (04) sessions of sensitization of the employees

As a prelude to the sessions, we designed two tarpaulins to familiarize site employees with the large families of birds regularly observed on the site.

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14Sep

BUFONIDAE_bufo regularis founded on the site

This very widely distributed African species ranges from Senegal to Nilotic Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, southwards to western Democratic Republic of Congo, including Congo Basin, northwestern Angola, Uganda and central-southern Kenya. The boundary between this species and Bufo gutturalis in Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is poorly understood, and the map should be regarded as provisional. There do not appear to be records from Mauritania, Togo, Equatorial Guinea...

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28Jun

Employee awareness of the career site

It is about raising the environmental awareness of the employees of the site. About fifteen managers of the site applied themselves to the recognition of the avifaune of the site of the career of fongba. The relationship between the species' habitat and their presence on the site has been well explained. An exercise on large families.

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25Jun

Prospecting and site identification visit

Choice of the area where the inventory will take place. Several areas: Area upstream of the site where quarries are open and several displacements currently Zone less disturbed behind where actions of greenery are at work

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25Jun