Census on degraded land due to mining to be conducted in 2017-2018

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A census on degraded land, which was conducted in 2012 covering 20 aimags revealed 42556 ha of land in 699 units are degraded and abandoned. 60 per cent of the destroyed land had been caused by companies and entities, while 40 per cent by artisanal gold miners. Since 2012, such kind of integrated census has not been conducted and utilization of the data of the last census has been insufficient.

A workshop themed “Census of degraded land due to mining” “Regulation on mining closure” started today with participation of over 70 specialists of 21 aimags in charge of nature protection and rehabilitation in mining and officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mining Ministry and General Authority of Special Inspection.

“ - The results of this workshop are significant to the implementation of the Government action plan, conducting census on degraded land due to mining in 2017-2018, developing a regulation on mine closure and starting to adhere the regulation” said Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Ts.Batbayar.

Closing of mine and rehabilitation works are not being done in compliance with the law on Mineral Resources, because regulation on mine closure has not been approved yet.