The Interoceanic Canal will contribute to the enrichment of Nicaragua's soils
Managua. November, 2017. The construction of the Interoceanic Canal, the project that will make Nicaragua an important transportation center and global logistics, consists of several phases with two common objectives: contribute to the development and progress of this country and to the protection of the environment of the Canal area. The use of land along the route during the construction process is one of the responsibilities that HKND Group, the concessionaire of this mega project, takes into account.
On the occasion of World Soil Day, which is celebrated on December 5, and that in 2017, according to the World Alliance for Soil, it was developed under the theme "Care of the Planet begins on the Ground", HKND Group joined the initiatives to protect this natural resource, which suffers further degradation everyday as a result of the bad management practices and the development of inappropriate exploitation activities.
As part of its concern for the proper management of this natural resource, HKND has explained on different occasions, the last time during the Fifth National Recycling Forum of Nicaragua, the proper and responsible management, according to the best international practices, of the soil excavation during the construction of this project, the largest movement of civil earth in history. For this work, it will be required to excavate 5,000 million cubic meters: 4,000 million cubic meters of "dry materials" (such as rock and soil) and 1,000 million cubic meters of marine and freshwater dredging.
The 4,000 million “dry materials” would be located in 22 placement areas of 31,500 hectares, mainly in deforested areas to reduce environmental and social impacts. After the construction of the Canal, these areas will be restored and become fertile land for agricultural and forestry uses.
HKND Group has also indicated that the project will greatly benefit the Indio Maíz Reserve, whose forest has suffered from a disturbing degradation due to the advance of the agricultural frontier and indiscriminating deforestation. The Interoceanic Canal will become a protective barrier in the north of the reserve face to future human intrusions. In this way, there will be a hope to preserve this native forest that brings invaluable wealth to the soil in this area and that is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna.
The concessionaire also executes reforestation plans in Rivas` schools, supports a nursery project in the National Agrarian University, will implement a large-scale reforestation along the Canal and will cooperate with the Government of Nicaragua to carry out reforestation programs around the Lake Nicaragua to benefit the natural resources of this country.
With the design of each of the works involved in the construction of the Interoceanic Canal, HKND has spared no efforts to try to avoid or minimize any damage or environmental impact, and the Company has always thought of creating plans to collaborate with the eco-sustainable development of this country.