Press Release

Unlocking Post-Mining Restoration Strategies

Global Gathering in Dresden - Workshop: 15-18 April 2024

Delegates from over 30 countries are converging in Dresden for a week-long hands-on workshop aimed at exploring Saxony's pioneering approaches to post-mining land restoration.

Professor Guenther, Director of the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Resources and Fluxes, and Director Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, will be among the dignitaries officiating at the opening. 

Through this workshop, Saxony is sharing its journey with the world in this field through a firsthand and practical approach. There will be knowledge exchange, discussion of best practices, and strengthening partnerships to address global challenges in land restoration.
Prof. Edel Guenther

The G20 Global Land Initiative at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with UNU-FLORES is joining forces to curate a week-long hands-on workshop that offers participants the unique opportunity to delve into Saxony's post-land restoration efforts through site visits to Lusatia and Ore Mountains.

"This workshop underscores the invaluable significance of understanding post-mining land restoration," says Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, Director of the G20 Global Land Initiative at UNCCD. "With a focus on environmental, economic, and climate change dimensions, effective restoration efforts are crucial for revitalizing landscapes impacted by mining. We're thrilled to welcome a diverse group of participants, including government officials, environmental professionals, researchers, and stakeholders, for this crucial endeavor. Our continued collaboration with UNU-FLORES aims to foster a more sustainable future for our planet." 


UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that are of concern to the United Nations and its Member States – particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus. 

Read more about UNU-FLORES participants.

About the G20 Land Initiative:

The ambition of the G20 Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats (G20 Global Land Initiative) launched during the Saudi Arabian Presidency is to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in degraded land by 2040. To inspire all stakeholders to collectively deliver on land conservation and restoration outcomes: we showcase success stories; engage the private sector; empower civil society and the public; and share knowledge to build capacity among G20 members as well as interested non-member countries and other stakeholders. More information on the initiative can be found on the G20 Land Initiative website.

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