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China pushing to minimise environmental impact of mining

China's Ministry of Natural Resources supporting collaboration for positive environmental outcomes post mine life

China plans to promote investment in repairing environmental damage caused by mining, and wants a mixture of public and private entities to contribute, said the Ministry of Natural Resources.

More than 3.6 million hectares of land in China was used and damaged by mining activities at the end of 2018, the ministry said in a statement on its website, reports Reuters.

Until now restoration has been held up by a lack of effective policies to stimulate investment, according to the ministry. 

The ministry’s “market-oriented way” for the restoration process aims to encourage the repair and utilisation of mine land, including suitable use of abandoned soil and stones left over from mining.

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China’s Ministry of Natural Resources also aims to encourage social capital investment by granting land usage rights for abandoned state-owned construction land after the restoration is completed. 

The plans, which will be in force for five years, will include all entities including private firms, according to the ministry.