Tropical Grasslands (2000) Volume 34, 251–253

Approaches to biodiversity on rehabilitated minelands in South Africa

NORMAN RETHMAN

Department of Plant Production and Soil Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Rehabilitation of South African minelands has shifted from an emphasis on preventing erosion to the establishment of productive grasslands, to the restoration (and creation) of a diversity of landscapes or habitats. Each of these might be characterised by greater or lesser biodiversity; this has resulted in an increasing diversity of post-mining land uses. Although such post-mining land use is determined in a large measure by the local resources, regulatory organisations (once very dictatorial) increasingly take the desires of the local populace (interested and affected parties) into consideration, when considering the approval of post-mining land use objectives as set out in environmental management programs.

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