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Mining heritage as a new purpose of Czech - Polish cross-border tourism

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: General public, especially younger generations, have negative image of mining. Sharing knowledge about mining, its history and importance for the economy could improve this image and affect the level of acceptance positively.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: Mining Heritage Crossborder Cooperation is a project taken up in border regions of the Czech Republic and Poland. The regions share similarities such as the commodity mined (hard coal basin deposits) and mining history extending all the way to the 15th century. Mining in both regions was ended in the beginning of the 90s. To share information about their mining heritage and to improve the image of the extractives sector among the general public, the regions/mines share knowledge and experiences about the protection and promotion of the existing mining monuments and traditions, and document the common history. Bohumir Mine is now open for visitors, as are the coal mines in Kowary and Žacléř.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The expected impact is to share knowledge about mining and thereby increase understanding and acceptance towards the extractives industry among general public.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? The target groups are locals, general public and mining sector

Mining heritage as a new purpose of Czech - Polish cross-border tourism
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Public policy
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Benefit sharing
Planning beyond the mine life
Stakeholder engagement
Cultural heritage and FPIC
Shared vision partnerships