The quarry Soto Pajares: an example of biodiversity management in CEMEX




Project summary

One of the manifestations of the CEMEX commitment to sustainable development is the huge interest in sharing environmental wealth of facilities with the surroundings. The vast expanse of gravel, as well as the variety and richness of flora and fauna it offers the possibility of combining with other mining operations research, educational and social.



Motivation, objectives and target groups

With the aim of enhancing such activities, as well as the ties that bind us to community, CEMEX launched in July 2010 the Commission Sustainability Soto Pajares, a space that serves as a forum for discussion and exchange of information between those groups and governments interested in promoting that the activity of the gravel pit is compatible with sustainable development and social area. At the same time, its main objectives is to promote the enjoyment and care of this natural space between its neighbors and other groups



Activities

Fruit of the global agreement with BirdLife International, CEMEX expects to refine the strategies, policies and practices related to biodiversity and develop a comprehensive methodology for the further implementation of local conservation projects in our facilities. In the first place has made a census of aquatic birds and is in the process of developing an informative video.



Countries affected

Spain



Duration

Since October 2010



Budget

During 2010, CEMEX invested more than 1 million euros in the adaptation & improvement of facilities



Partners

For our project in Soto Pajares, we have established associations with entities widely recognized in the management of biodiversity:
• Collaboration agreement with BirdLife International. This partnership, signed in 2007 and with duration of 10 years, among other things, will allow us to refine the strategies, policies and practices related to biodiversity and develop a comprehensive methodology for the further implementation of local conservation projects in our facilities with the support from SEO, its local partner in Spain. This alliance will demonstrate some common objectives that include:
o Increasing environmental awareness, knowledge and skills of CEMEX employees and stakeholders.
o Minimize the loss of biodiversity by supporting conservation initiatives
o The identification of broad strategic initiatives for sustainable development, with benefits for birds, biodiversity and people.
o Opportunities to improve the bird populations at sites where CEMEX operates, through improved management practices for the environment.
• Collaboration agreement with NAUMANNI, group that develops activities of nature conservation and responsible for the part of terrestrial wildlife.
• Collaboration with the adjacent community: public administrations, community associations and groupings of the area, through the commissions of sustainability.



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