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Innovative restoration techniques to address impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems

4 June 2021

Healthy ecosystems are essential for the health and wellbeing of all life on Earth, but they are deteriorating more rapidly than ever. ICMM members implement innovative restoration techniques to address  impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems.

In France, uranium mining came to end in 2001 with the closure of the last mine in operation at Jouac in Haute-Vienne (southwest-central). ICMM company member Orano has been responsible for remediation at all French former uranium mining operations, including restoring the vegetation on some of these sites that hold some extremely rich biodiversity.

Forests are being re-planted as part of the restoration of Orano’s former Puy de l’Age site, which was in operation from 1977 to 1993. This planting has focused particularly on endemic species to maintain the forests’ biological diversity, and monitoring and maintenance is being carried out to ensure that the forest does not overgrow during this initial phase. Orano manages its forests sustainably, with Pan European Forest Certification (PEFC) of its woodlands, and in consultation with municipal communities. Overall, Orano is responsible for some 1,300 hectares of French forest.

Before and after at Orano's Puy de l’Age site


The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. Find out more about ecosystems and the UN Decade, and join the global movement to restore our world.