“For HeidelbergCement protecting nature and managing biodiversity in our quarries play an important role,” said Dr Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement, in the foreword of the brochure. “Quarries and gravel pits transform the existing landscape into a completely new landscape. That’s why it is our duty to minimize our impact on nature, and implement environmentally sound quarrying practices.”
Biodiversity management is not new to HeidelbergCement: Quarries are particularly suited for promoting biodiversity during and after operations. Conservation projects have been implemented in quarries and pits worldwide for many years. To build on the existing cooperation with nature conservation organizations, scientific experts and local communities, HeidelbergCement initiated the Quarry Life Award in 2011. Thanks to this bi-annual international competition and the work of hundreds of researchers worldwide, the company has been able to further demonstrate the positive contribution that quarries can make to biodiversity. The participating projects have significantly increased the scientific knowledge and have helped raise the awareness of biodiversity issues among employees and the public.
“After the impressive results of the 1st Quarry Life Award in 2012, the 2014 edition has clearly exceeded the success of the premiere. We are happy and proud to present the
winning projects to you through this brochure. All of these projects are fascinating – their initiators even more so. Take a look at them, and you will see the huge value of getting involved and making nature the biggest winner,” concluded Dr Scheifele.