Biological rehabilitation as an alternative to abandoned coal mines

Abandoned mines can damage the rural landscape. This is the case in the Kouzbass coalfield, where coal companies exploit the soil to extract the wealth. To overcome this problem, Kuzbassrazrezugol, a UMMC holding company, has found an innovative solution to restore the region’s biodiversity. The solution is to fill the old water exploitation and turn them into lakes teeming with fish.


Spatial planning is carried out after tests and marine species are introduced one after the other. Carps, perch, pike or crayfish gradually populate lakes that become very popular places to relax. But Kuzbassrazrezugol also plans to plant 236,000 trees on 59 hectares to help safeguard the region’s biodiversity.