We very much appreciate this year’s conference under the Slovak Presidency of the European Union show-casing achievements and challenges of the extractive sector in managing its sites and the land in a sustainable way.

Protection of the environment remains one of the key issues for the sustainable management of any mine or quarry site.  Advances in technology and management techniques continuously improve the industry’s performance. However, working with the environment also means keeping these technologies and methods alive to local, often changing, environmental conditions. This require continuous research, learning and adjustment to obtain the best possible results.

The extractive industry over the past two decades has come a long way toward making its sites cleaner and more sustainable. The contributions hereafter demonstrate a small but typical range of activities in the sector.

Enjoy reading!

Corina Hebestreit