Land Reclamation

Land reclamation is the process of converting disturbed land to its former (ecological restoration) or other productive uses. Land reclamation is an interdisciplinary science. It can involve removal of contaminants from soil and water, building soils where they are absent or of poor quality, recontouring topography to reinstate hydrological processes, implementing erosion control measures, creating micro sites to enhance seed germination and seedling establishment and revegetation to appropriate plant species abundance and diversity. Land reclamation is guided by regulated procedures, industry best practices and stakeholder interests.


The Land Reclamation International Graduate School

Land reclamation professionals are increasingly in demand. Our growing human population parallels a rapidly degrading arable land base from urban sprawl, soil erosion, resource extraction and industrial development. Thus, one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century is to reclaim disturbed lands around the world to secure the livelihood of future generations. The Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) helps to meet this challenge.

LRIGS provides collaborative and interdisciplinary training and professional development opportunities to train highly qualified land reclamation professionals with the education and experience necessary to take on leadership roles in academia, consulting, government and industry. LRIGS is the first school of its kind in Canada and around the world.

News & Events

  • LRIGS 2019 Applications

    LRIGS 2019 Applications

    In 2019 we look forward to welcoming new participants to the program. Participants can be studying or conducting research in any area related to land and water reclamation including biological, …Read More »
  • Graduate Defense Seminar – Mark Donner

    Graduate Defense Seminar – Mark Donner

    Former LRIGS MSc program participant, Mark Donner, has successfully completed his PhD studies and will be presenting his PhD defense seminar on Thursday, December 6. Natural and anthropogenic inputs of …Read More »
  • Graduate Defense Seminar – Nilusha Welegedara

    Graduate Defense Seminar – Nilusha Welegedara

    LRIGS PhD program participant Nilusha Welegedara will be presenting her defense seminar on Monday, November 26. Modelling Short and Long-term Effects of Soil Cover Depth on Tree Growth and Productivity …Read More »
  • March 2018

    March 2018

    Prem Pohkarel, a Land Reclamation International Graduate School graduate, wins an international honour, the 2017 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) Proquest STEM Award, for solving an oil sands reclamation …Read More »
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