The REECOL project brings together eleven partners representing research institutions and industrial companies, such as coal mining companies from five European countries. The partnership aims at close collaboration with the intention to ensure long-term environmental sustainability of coal regions in transition.
REECOL project aims to establish procedures and solutions for ecological rehabilitation and long-term monitoring of post-mining areas.
The achievement of the project objectives will have a significant scientific, economic and social impact.
The activities of REECOL project are aimed at significantly improving approaches to ecological rehabilitation of post-mining lands that take into account the degree of ecosystem degradation, future intended land use, affordability of solutions, and the impact of climate change.
New solutions for post-mining land reclamation, revegetation, and ecosystem rehabilitation will be developed and tested in selected case study areas in different coal regions in transition. In addition, the partnership will implement measures for efficient short and long-term monitoring of rehabilitation processes using various biological and geochemical indicators and remote sensing technology.
The developed solutions will help to create appropriate ecosystems to provide control of soil erosion, water quality, wildlife habitat, and improve the aesthetics of former mining sites to be reorganized for other uses. The project will demonstrate a new certification method to assess the ecological rehabilitation of post-mining areas and identify industry best practices in this area.
The project will provide novel and innovative research with a direct and positive impact on the coal regions in transition and support sustainable ecological rehabilitation options with long-term viability and good socio-ecological outcomes.
Project website: https://reecol.komag.eu/