The Environment

OKD and nature


Although OKD is not a company with the greatest negative imapct on nature and the environment (the environment is much more affected by metallurgy, energy and chemical industries) we are aware of our responsibility for the unique landscape values of this region.

The Ostrava and Karviná regions are not industrial only and they have not been "black" for a long time already. We can find many significant natural sites in the immediate vicinity of former and active mines and their surface operations. Ostrava, Havířov and Karviná, for example, are cities with a lot of greenery. You can take a walk along the northern edge of the Poodří Nature Reserve in Svinov and Polanka featuring a set of fish ponds and Odra river side channels with scattered vegetation in meadowlands; it is a significant ornithological site.


On the Landek hill, you can find valuable forests, an archaeological site (famous for the unique Venus of Landek made of haematite), a Slavic hillfort, coal seams exposed on the surface and preserved to this day, a nature trail or the Mining Museum.


Mines form the nature

Mining activities in the Ostrava and Karviná regions gave rise to a series of valuable sites in terms of biology. Drainless subsidence basins gave rise to marshes and lakes where protected animals and plants driven out from territories populated by men live. Refuse dumps provide habitat for thermophilic and xerophilic plants. Migrating birds find a temporary refuge there. Among other things, it is due to sensitive land reclamation after mining was idled that the Ostrava and Karviná regions belong to those parts of the Czech Republic which can be proud of their abundance of protected and rare species of plants and animals.