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Improvement of the biodiversity through the example of an open cast quartz sand mine

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

Challenge the practice is addressing: This case study of Quartzsand Nudersdorf highlights how an open cast quartz sand mine Moellendorf Quarry in Nudersdorf, Germany, went through an environmental rehabilitation process. The aim of the project was to improve biodiversity in the post-mining area.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: Restoration of the previous quartz sand mining site was carried out in line with the regulations of a forestry guideline plan as well as landscape conservation plan. To put the environmental rehabilitation plan into practice, first, photo documentation of the pre-rehabilitation situation was compiled and biotope care measures in the area were carried out. After consultations with relevant authorities, biotope areas were mapped and measures to prevent negative impacts on biotopes were taken.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The expected result of the practice is to improve biodiversity in a former mining site through environmental rehabilitation processes.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? Regional/municipal authorities and mining companies.

UEPG Sustainability Awards 2013, Quartzsand Nudersdorf
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Public policy
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Construction minerals (aggregates)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Benefit sharing
Shared vision partnerships
Land-use and biodiversity