Ecological Restoration and Land Reclamation in Open-cast Mines in Shanxi Province, China

Miao, Z. and R. Marrs

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Large areas of degraded mining land remains barren preventing agricultural, social and economically sustainable development in affected areas. As land is under short supply in China, exacerbated by the rapidly expanding population, it is now policy to restore or reclaim land degraded by mining. The aim is to develop sustainable and healthy arable-land ecosystems. This paper outlines the principles and approaches to ecological restoration, which have been adopted in Shanxi Province with reference to three typical surface mines.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Environmental Management