Europe and Central Asia
19 Dec 2014

BirdLife and HeidelbergCement celebrate three years of fruitful collaboration

Birds in quarry holes, by Hartwig Brönner
By Boris Barov

It has been three years since BirdLife initiated its collaboration with one of the world’s largest building materials producers, HeidelbergCement. By working together the company and the NGO contribute significantly to the safeguard of the biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

On 10 December, HeidelbergCement Group managers and BirdLife partners and secretariat staff gathered in Prague for a special seminar. They discussed the achievements of the first three years of collaboration, highlighting their appreciation and significance for both organisations.

The recognition of biodiversity as high level priority issue by the company was once again confirmed by Mr. Daniel Gauthier, Board Member of HeidelbergCement and responsible for environmental sustainability, who participated actively in the seminar.

It is clear now that biodiversity conservation objectives are well integrated into the company’s environmental management systems. Thanks to BirdLife’s information capabilities and scientific approach, HeidelbergCement will significantly improve its ability to report on its progress towards a “prominent contribution to biodiversity”, using relevant data across its European and Central Asian operations.

The participants also learned that the Partnership’s Biodiversity Conservation Programme has organised and funded the implementation of 15 projects in 9 countries with a total value of €423,000. The projects ranged from the installation of artificial nest colonies for Sand Martins to comprehensive surveys of biodiversity values, as well as experimental restoration measures in active and former quarries and surrounding natural habitats.

These three years have brought the example of how companies and environmental organisations can work in partnership towards common goals. The two organisations have agreed to continue to support each other in this important direction in the future by widening the scope of the partnership towards environmental sustainability and new regions. More will be revealed early in 2015. 

Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.