News - 2017

Enhancing biodiversity & ecosystems services in quarries

Geneva, 20 November 2017

Quarry exploitation is an activity with global expression that due to its extractive nature has strong impacts on habitats, fauna, and flora in both quarrying and surrounding areas. Growing awareness on this issue has engaged both industrial and scientific communities to pair up and commit to ecological goals, aiming to restore biodiversity, safeguard natural values, and ecosystem services. This has urged a demand for concrete and realistic solutions that move towards sustainable exploitation of resources in the extracting industry.

The CSI is pleased to contribute to the delivery of the Quarries Alive 2018 International Conference to be held at University of Évora, Portugal from 2 to 4 May  2018.  With a theme on “Enhancing Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Quarries – Challenges, Strategies and Practice”, the event is backed by a joint partnership between the Universidade de Évora, Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento (SECIL) and the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.

This conference aims to create a bridge between quarry restoration projects around the world. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary gathering to exchange experiences from scientific research projects, technical engineering approaches and innovative pilot-studies focusing on the enhancement of biodiversity in quarries.

The event welcome all researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, as well as policy makers, to take part of this conference and share experiences, develop a new state-of-the-art, identify current challenges and share advancements on quarry restoration topic.  Philippe Fonta, Managing Director of the CSI will be a key note speaker at this event addressing the participants about business and biodiversity in quarry management, the goal would to find means and alternatives to value ecologically responsible exploitations.