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                          Recultivating open-cast mines


                          Recultivation has long been inextricably linked to lignite mining. In recent decades, huge stretches of forests and arable land have been restored and made available for economic use as part of efforts to recultivate.

                          Farmers who are forced to surrender high-quality farmland to make way for open-cast mines have a legitimate interest in replacement areas and thus in recultivation for agricultural purposes. The restoration of former open-cast mining areas is also directed at the needs of the people who work there.

                          Agriculture plays an important part in conserving the landscape, since land use shapes the image of our cultivated landscape.

                          Looking at this issue from a modern-day perspective alone does not go far enough. Those who recultivate must also literally prepare the ground for future generations. In their interest, recultivation must generally produce high-quality arable areas as well as places of refuge for the fauna and flora in the forest and meadows.

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                          Recultivating former mines

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