Mined land to be restored with mining rehabilitation fund

2020-09-08 14:39:25

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The action program of the Government of Mongolia includes 10 key green growth goals, one of which is mine reclamation. As of 2020, there are 18,366 hectares of land that has been mined and mining activities have already been completed in 7,609 hectares of the land.

Currently, technical reclamation is being conducted in 612 hectares of land and biological restoration in 440 hectares of land nationwide. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is placing special emphasis on mine rehabilitation and has been revoking the licenses of those that did not reclaim the land after mineral exploration and mining and even of the reclamation companies that failed to work in line with relevant legislation.

Mining license holders deposit funds equal to 50 percent of its environmental protection budget for the particular period into a special bank account established by the Environment Ministry to ensure the discharge of their responsibilities with respect to environmental protection. The Ministry plans to carry out reclamation on 531 hectares of land in Tsenkher soum of Arkhangai aimag with the deposited funds for the first time. As of September 07, the special bank account holds MNT17 billion.