Partnership with HeidelbergCement
To increase the role quarries can play for biodiversity, HeidelbergCement – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials – entered into a partnership with BirdLife International in 2011. This partnership, based on our shared values of promoting biodiversity while using natural resources sustainably, aims to contribute to global biodiversity through better management of quarry operations and their nature restoration. If carefully designed, mineral extraction operations can reduce their impacts on landscapes and biodiversity and create opportunities for rare species and habitats. Together with local BirdLife partners, HeidelbergCement companies implement local biodiversity projects in many countries – the result is the perfect combination of global commitment with local action.
A new perspective on quarries
At first sight, extraction can be seen as invasive and naturalists can be opposed to quarries. But when you take a closer look, you realize that mining activities, when well managed, can also be an important way to create incredibly interesting biodiversity.
The Quarry Life Award is an international research competition for the promotion and education about biodiversity in quarries. A mining site provides a great variety of landscapes and habitats that present low disturbances from human activities. These unique habitats promote exceptional local flora and fauna. HeidelbergCement through the Quarry Life Award and its projects, aims to raise the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it.
For the 2016 Awards ceremony, Wild Cloud Productions was commissioned to make a serie of films aiming to visually transmit the positive impact of mining at the sites of Górażdże, Poland and Lixhe, Belgium. The concept was to bring researchers and employees into a paraglider and discover the site from the sky, offering a new perspective on their activity.
Watch A new perspective on quarries - Chapter 2 Belgium with Angelo Caserta, Regional Director, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia
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