Development options of natural habitats in a post-mining landscape
Article first published online: 25 APR 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Land Degradation & Development
Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 99–110, March/April 2000
How to Cite
Schulz, F. and Wiegleb, G. (2000), Development options of natural habitats in a post-mining landscape. Land Degrad. Dev., 11: 99–110. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-145X(200003/04)11:2<99::AID-LDR368>3.0.CO;2-I
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2000
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 APR 1999
- Manuscript Received: 7 FEB 1999
- Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF). Grant Number: KKZ 0334896
- Lausitzer and Mitteldeutsche Bergbauverwaltungsgesellschaft (LMBV)
- restoration ecology;
- post-mining landscape;
Rehabilitation of the post-mining landscape of Lower Lusatia (Brandenburg, Germany) represents a complex problem: 85 per cent of this area is currently being recultivated for forests or agriculture and 15 per cent is reserved for nature development. After mining, soil conditions are dry, acidic and nutrient poor. The ‘LENAB’ project aimed at conservation strategies and management options for natural habitats. Two competing basic motives of nature conservation on a small or medium scale were defined: (1) close-to-naturalness (allowing natural dynamics to take place without human interference) and (2) biodiversity (selective species and habitat protection). An overall strategy for sustainability of a cultural landscape can only be applied to the entire post-mining landscape. The application of the two basic motives leads to different management options; this is illustrated by two important vegetation types. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.