The Okapi Pipelines will transit thousands of kilometers through Central and Northern Africa. The primary pipe used to transport water will be a four (4) meter PCCP (pre-stressed, concrete, cylindrical pipe). The pipe will be buried in a shallow ditch to promote security and safety. A narrow corridor will be stripped of trees to accommodate the installation of pipe. Each country has voiced their concerns as to the impact that the project will have on the environment. Toward this end, discussions were held with local and international environmentalists to not only identify major areas of concern but develop proposed solutions as well.
Realizing the importance of trees to the African ecosystem, we, in conjunction with local government agencies have developed a very aggressive reforestation plan. To address the concerns voiced earlier, each village we build will contain a nursery. Here native saplings will be cultivated by the family members of the pipeline employees.
The Nursery will be of sufficient size to provide ample product for their assigned sector. Each village will be assigned a trained tree expert to monitor the quality of the saplings and to oversee the subsequent planting. Close coordination between project engineering and the nursery staff will be required. As soon as pipe is buried in one sector, the transplant of native species will begin.
Coordination with government officials and chieftains of every tribal area transited will be an important adjunct to our reforestation program. With their inputs and approvals, we will avoid their sacred areas and animal migration routes and be particularly sensitive to their perceived needs.