​BHP to hold Seed Bank ‘think tank’

BHP has partnered with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) to hold an interactive ‘think thank’ as part of a multi-million dollar Restoration Seed Bank Initiative (RSB).

Slated for early this month, the think tank will see six local and international experts convene for workshops and mine site visits in the PIlbara to aid research in seed technology in Western Australia.

“WA is a global leader in restoration research and the think tank comes as an important time for ensuring the mining industry in WA is leading the world in rehabilitation practices,” BGPA CEO Mark Webb said.

BHP Iron ore’s head of environment Gavin Price added that “a core principal of the RSB is that it is a collaborative, engaging, and locally practiced with global implications”.

The group will examine the latest methods in rehabilitation practices and work towards new solutions for native plant establishment and new approaches to the rehabilitation of mined areas.

The RSB itself is a five year, $5 million research partnership between Kings Park, BGPA, BHP, and the University of Western Australia with a focus on developing cost effective and scalable rehabilitation of native vegetation in the Pilbara.

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