Aims and scope
The aim of this toolkit is to provide guidance on environmental rehabilitation and repurposing with an emphasis on governance processes.
Who is this toolkit for?
- National and regional authorities, and local governments.
- Stakeholders (such as civil society organisations).
- People engaged in political debate and local development processes.
- Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing of former mining assets is an important challenge for coal regions in transition.
- Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing aims to protect citizens and the environment by creating a safe and healthy environment.
- Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing itself attracts new businesses and creates new jobs.
- Financial risks of closure could make public sector intervention inevitable.
- Mine closure can provide the opportunity to better integrate redevelopment and repurposing plans so that they are aligned with public, long-term spatial and economic development interests.
- The application of tools and good practice guides can help to bolster knowledge and capacity.
- Enhanced coordination to speed up implementation, as well as acceptance among the local population, are preconditions for successful transitions.
European Commission. (2020). Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing. Retrieved from https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/oil-gas-and-coal/EU-coal-regions/resources/environmental-rehabilitation-and-repurposing-toolkit_en