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No. 25: Botanical investigations related to the Isau mining project, 2011-2012

Bay, D. & Simonsen, C.E. 2013. Botanical investigations related to the Isau mining project, 2011-2012. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 38 pp. Technical Report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy No. 25. dce2.au.dk/pub/TR25.pdf 

Summary

Botanical field work was carried out in August 2011 and September 2012 in connection with inspection of the proposed road at the Isua iron ore project in West Greenland. The focus was to record rare and endemic vascular plant species in addition to vulnerable habitats in areas that will be affected by the mining activities.

A major part of the proposed road in the low land was investigated floristically and a few botanically important areas were identified, that should be protected from mining activities. In addition, all burrow sites were investigated in September 2012. Flora lists are presented for all the localities (Table 1). A big wetland was found close to burrow site V-01C TP. It is recommended to avoid impact to this biologically important habitat.