Soil Survey – Lydian International Ltd

Soil Survey – Lydian International Ltd

As Project manager for the ESIA, we were commissioned to study the potential impacts on soils, landuse and land management within the study area that extended to 7,900ha of mountainous  terrain and interconnected valleys. Using a combination of remote sensing (satellite imagery) and filed survey, the soils characteristics were mapped to include the fertile Black Chenozems, to fragile mountain meadow and alpine soils at high altitudes. An outline soil management strategy was developed to mitigate loss of soil as a consequence of mining development and provide the resource for reclamation following mine closure.

Land use ranged from nomadic summer grazing during summer months in the mountains to lowland pastures used for hay crops, vegetables and orchards. Displacement of agricultural activity was considered in a Livelihoods Management Plan.