In September 2016, we launched a new website – The BirdLife – HeidelbergCement Project Map. It provides a sweeping visual narrative of twenty of our partnership projects to date. The projects aim to improve local biodiversity and natural resource use at and around mining sites by working in concert with local communities, environmental authorities and scientists. Each project is pinpointed geographically on an interactive map and linked to beautiful photos and short summaries detailing their goals , activities and results. The projects are organised into the following categories:animals, plants & habitats, community involvement, and land management. The successes in each of these four key areas clearly demonstrate how partnerships between NGOs and businesses can deliver profit while bringing economic activities into harmony with nature.
Discover these stories yourself by navigating through our Project Map. Share our enthusiasm!
HeidelbergCement have published a new book in their series dedicated to biodiversity. ‘Biodiversity Management in Quarries and Gravel Pits – Putting Nature Back Together‘ is a beautifully illustrated, hard cover book of 90 pages, edited by Dr. Michael Rademacher. This is the fifth publication in this informative series following the ones on dragonflies, orchids, birds and amphibians and reptiles.
The book introduces us to the reasons why mineral extraction sites are seen as hot-spots for biodiversity, then it leads us through a succession of features and management strategies applicable to the different stages of the life cycle of a typical quarry. The ecological concepts are illustrated with 10 selected flagship projects, to keep the readers’ focus on the practical side.
As with the previous books in the series, the Management of Biodiversity is freely available from HeidelbergCement. An electronic version can be downloaded from the Quarry Life Award website, while printed copies are to be distributed at conferences and events around the world. HeidelbergCement are inviting you to their stand at the 10th European Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration this August in Freising, Germany.
Ecosystem services are the benefits that functioning ecosystems deliver to people. Restoration projects often aim to revive ecosystem services.