Restoration of damaged terrains is a key part of every mining company. Ellatzite-Med spends substantial time and efforts in environment restoration by applying best practices used in EU. The specific characteristics of damaged terrains are addressed together with the main process points. Appropriate plant species are used for reforestation so that the terrains can return to their natural appearance, as much as possible.
Ellatzite-Med commenced the restoration of damaged terrains in 2011. Since then, more than 30 ha have been remediated at Ellatzite mine site. In May this year, close to 2 ha have been restored. Acacia, acer and common laburnum saplings amounting to 2,500 have been planted on an area of 1.05 ha and another 0.82 ha were turned to grassland.
In November 2023, Ellatzite-Med AD restored disturbed mine areas through biological reclamation using an agricultural drone. The activities were carried out on a 2.5 ha trial land area on the territory of the East Waste Dump in Ellatzite Mine Complex. The site includes two steep sections of the waste dump, with slopes inclined at 37°. The substantial level difference, rough terrain and slope steepness make these areas very difficult to access by people and are a real challenge for biological mine reclamation.
Ellatzite-Med continues with its good practice to reforest the downstream slope of Benkovski-2 Tailings Pond. The completely reforested area by 2021 is close to 30 ha. New areas of 12 ha have been prepared in 2022 and reforested with acacia in 2023. Another 9 ha were restored in the same year. Some new 8.9 ha are going to be reclaimed until the end of the year.
The overall reclamation of Benkovski 2 Tailings Pond envisions works over more than 16 ha during 2024-2025. The whole downstream slope of Ai Dere Section is going to be brought as close as possible to its natural appearance.