HeidelbergCement pre-views third book on quarry life
By Caroline Jacobsson, Thu, 20/06/2013 - 18:57
HeidelbergCement, together with experts from BirdLife International previewed Birds in Quarries and Gravel Pits, the third volume in the company’s book series dedicated to the exceptional biodiversity of its mining sites. As part of its corporate environmental sustainability strategy, HeidelbergCement - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials - initiated a book series about habitats and species of quarries, with the two previous editions dedicated to Dragonflies and Orchids. This time, the edition deals with a group of animals of unchallenged popularity: birds. The book is one of the results of HeidelbergCement’s cooperation with BirdLife International, which has contributed to the scientific revision of the text and supplied photographs from BirdLife Partners across Europe. “We are very pleased that BirdLife has supported this book so enthusiastically and it is proof that our Partnership is thriving” said Dr. Michael Rademacher, Manager Global Environmental Sustainability at HeidelbergCement. The book preview took place at an event held during the BirdLife International World Congress currently taking place in Ottawa, Canada, where HeidelbergCement outlined plans for expansion of the company’s Biodiversity Action Plan as a key element of the Group’s business model and sustainability strategy. It was joined by a photo exhibition displaying many of the photographs from the book. Dr Rademacher concluded “HeidelbergCement believes the way of the future is sustainable sourcing of natural resources and BirdLife International supports us in making the right choices for our investors and for the environment. The book is an integral part of our Partnership. Today, we are proud to preview it with BirdLife experts”. The primary goal of the HeidelbergCement-BirdLife International Partnership is to further improve the protection of biodiversity associated with quarrying sites. Joint biodiversity projects are currently formulated in different countries and local management together with national BirdLife Partners work together to implement and document these projects, as can be seen in the recent film Giving nature a second chance, filmed at the HeidelbergCement quarry in Lengfurt, Germany. For more information: contact Dr Michael Rademacher, Global Manager for Biodiversity and Natural Resources at HeidelbergCement, and Boris Barov, Conservation Project Manager at BirdLife Europe. To receive a copy of the book Birds in Quarries and Gravel Pits please contact Cecile Moreau, Communications Coordinator at HeidelbergCement. Note: HeidelbergCement and BirdLife International work in Partnership to deliver biodiversity to HeidelbergCement mining sites across Europe.