Actions and progress
The TECMINE project has just begun!
The project is divided in different technical actions:
- Morphology restoration by the implementation of different techniques such as GeoFluvTM, with focus on identifying and replicating a reference scenario (similar characteristics of lithology, climate and soil) and managing water flows in order to reduce erosion.
- Rock slopes landscape integration by techniques based on identifying instabilities and acting on them to eliminate long-term risks by seeking the geotechnical stability of the strata.
- New top soil creation by mixing the material available in the mine (i.e. sand, clay and colluvium) and adding organic matter.
- Site preparation for plants by new Microcatchment to maximize water availability for plants which is the main limiting factor in ecological restoration in Mediterranean region.
- Plantation of 10.000 plants of 34 different species and creation of 8 new habitat types (3 priority habitats: 9530, 9560 and 6220)
Along the project, different communication actions are planned such as technical conferences, open days, informative talks, educational activities, etc., to disseminate mine restoration practices, transfer knowledge and change opinion on negative aspects of mining activity.
We are working on
- Elaborating the State of the Art (diagnosis) of the latest techniques and methodologies of mine restoration at different levels (International, National and Regional level) by identifying and classifying them. Only some of them have been selected to carry out in TECMINE project.
- Organizing an expert panel (5 experts in mine restoration) to discuss restoration alternatives in the selected area, ensuring a multidisciplinary approach and facilitate the elicitation of an integrated restoration plan.
- Identifying the referent, this is, a natural and stable topography under similar conditions (lithology, climate, soil, vegetation, etc.) that will be replicated in the affected area by means of the Geofluv method.
- Elaborating and implementing the demonstration projects for stabilization and landscape integration of slopes, for geomorphological restoration based on GEOFLUV technique and for species selection and site preparation techniques.
- Producing the plant will be used for restoring the vegetation cover in the mine area.
Next summer will start restoration mine works by earth movements.