—China–Sudan Friendship Forest Planting by CWE in the Sudan
CWE’s Upper Atbara Dam Complex Project is located at the wild eastern Sudan with a tropical desert climate. Lands beyond the project camp are in a barren, where the rainy season lasts for merely three months a year and crops barely grow at most of the time. Such economic weaknesses hardly afford necessities for the local residents. Many of them directly drink from the Nile. This Project, which locates at the upper reach of the Atbara River, an important branch of the Nile, involves construction on two rivers; namely, the Atbara River and the Setit River. Preventing the drinking water of the two rivers from pollution therefore becomes a major responsibility of the Project Management, who takes the local ecological environmental protection as the top priority.
This project is of large–scale, so plenty of daily sewage is produced by the large number of employees, including the Chinese staff which has reached 1,200 in early 2011. In view of this situation, CWE’s Project Management attached great importance to health, safety, and environmental protection and set up a sewage treatment plant in May 2011, where the treated sewage meets the highest A-standard of China and corresponding international standards after being treated with the oxygen - aerobic biological denitrification technology and Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology, fully recognized by the Engineer.
The treated sewage is applied to irrigation at farmland and green areas of the project camp, achieving zero discharge of sewage and protecting rivers from contamination. Nevertheless, the daily sewage production has been increasing rapidly in the wake of construction peak when more Chinese staff came. After reflection on better usage of the sewage for local ecological environmental protection and sustainability, the Project Management decided to plant trees.
This idea of tree-planting was supported immediately by the Engineer and the Employer. To this end, CWE’s Project Management conducted field study, labor and equipment mobilization, land leveling, saplings procurement, and engaged the University of Khartoum with its own fund for rigorous soil tests, then finally built the China-Sudan Friendship Forest near the project site on 27th August, 2013. On that day, CWE managers, together with representatives of DIU the Employer, project staff, and local staff, volunteered to plant over 600 moringa saplings to a forest area of around 50,000m2. The moringa tree (also drumstick tree, or horseradish tree), native to northeast Africa, is called as a hygienical tree in many countries, for its roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and gum can be made into medicine, and its leaves can also be cooked as food with high nutrition.
It takes ten years to grow trees, but a hundred years to rear people. The difficulty does not lie in sapling-planting, but in persistance to nurture saplings carefully with effective irrigation. For this purpose, CWE’s Project Management made irrigation channels dug carefully and treated sewage into a source of life for the woods. Certain members of staff were assigned for regular tree-trimming and irrigation maintenance in professional and standardized way to ensure the survival rate of saplings. The woods will be transferred to DIU the Employer upon the completion of this project.
The woods was not only built as an oasis in the desert, bringing valuable resources for nearby residents, but also an effective improvement of surrounding ecological environment, purifying air and beautifying with vitality the entire environment. CWE, by this activity of “benefiting local people and practicing social responsibilities”, was highly praised by the Employer, the Engineer and the local people.
Four months have passed since then, and small saplings have grown into sturdy trees, silhouetted against the blue sky and white clouds. CWE expects these saplings to grow into towering trees, which symbolize the long-term cooperation and friendship between CWE and DIU and express CWE’s good wishes to the local people. May the brand of CWE also deeply rooted in Africa and hearts of African people, just like the trees.
(Translator: Zhang Yan, Proofreader: Ma Li)
Lot C1-B Sewage Treatment Plant
Planting a Friendship Forest Together
China–Sudan Friendship Forest
Irrigation channels through the forest