Invasive species free quarries: benefit for business and nature - Israel
Why is this project needed?
• Creating a voluntary “code of conduct” for IAS free quarries in Israel, which will include at least 50% of the national production.
• Promoting the code of conduct as a business advantage, by mainstreaming the demand for clean aggregates (material that originated from an IAS free quarry) in infrastructure construction.
• Promoting regulations that support invasive free quarries.
Benefits to the public stem from a reduction in the spread of invasive alien species which are an important driver for the extinction of local species, with implications on biodiversity and the health of ecosystems. Less will be spent by the public and company budgets on treating IAS infestations and on infrastructure maintenance.
Representatives from companies (e.g. national electricity company, water company, road and rail companies, private construction companies, IDF, etc.) will benefit by getting IAS free substrate that will cut down expenses on IAS treatment and damage control.
Representatives from individual companies and from the quarries’ association will benefit by branding themselves as clean manufacturers, and meeting the necessary standards.