Restoration of open-pit mining areas

The group sallied to the Lower Lusatia-region in southern Brandenburg, more precisely to the surroundings of the town Finsterwalde. Whereas the town itself has gained national fame in the late 19th century through a folk music song, the participants were dealing rather with the culture of soils and cultivation of plants today. Starting at the open-pit mining site Welzow-Süd the group got an impression of the dimension of devastated and degraded areas after lignite surface-mining. 

Subsequently, the restoration process at different stages – starting with the first planting on dumped soil, finishing with a reforested site – was examined and discussed.

(Photos: T. Karp)

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