Mining Sites Provide Basis for Biodiversity Promotion

A study, recently released by HeidelbergCement and BirdLife International shows the biodiversity potential of HeidelbergCement quarries in Europe and Central Asia. The study is an assessment of the interaction between quarries and areas of biodiversity value and of the potential for conservation action.

Heidelberg, 8 March 2013: Since 2012, HeidelbergCement and BirdLife International have worked in Partnership to enhance biodiversity at the HeidelbergCement mining sites across Europe. During the first year of Partnership BirdLife International assessed over 400 quarries in Europe and Central Asia and rolled out a proximity study to evaluate the potential of quarries regarding biodiversity. This proximity study focused on the assessment of the relationship and potential interaction with areas of high biodiversity value. It included the identification of opportunities and constraints in these areas which will help both partners to identify priorities for further conservation actions in and around these sites.
 
The results of this proximity study are now available and show that HeidelbergCement mining sites provide a good basis for biodiversity promotion. As the BirdLife-HeidelbergCement Biodiversity Conservation Programme aims to identify priorities for conservation actions on a European scale, the assessment has been performed using European biodiversity values. The study covers 425 HeidelbergCement sites located in 20 European and Central Asian countries, of which 341 sites are active and 84 are inactive. 309 sites refer to aggregate quarries (material used in construction, including sand and gravel) and 116 to limestone quarries for cement.

The objective of this study is to focus the joint Biodiversity Conservation Programme on priority sites and on conservation issues. More generally, it will help HeidelbergCement to avoid and minimize risks arising from mining activities in proximity to important biodiversity values and will facilitate the reporting process on relevant key performance indicators (KPI). The biodiversity objectives identified through this study target species and habitats conservation actions in and around mining sites and quarries.  These objectives will then be gradually integrated into the daily operations at priority quarries via Biodiversity Management Plans.

Further information can be found here.

The study can be obtained by contacting Boris Barov, Conservation Project Coordinator, BirdLife Europe, email: boris.barov@birdlife.org

 
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