Enhancing Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Quarries - Challenges, Strategies and Practice


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.


This Conference aims to bridge quarry restoration projects around the world taking advantage from sharing different approaches and insights. Our 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. We will focus on projects working on habitat management and restoration, ensuring ecological services, and uplifting the conservation value of quarried areas.


We welcome all researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, as well as policy makers, to take part of this Conference and share their knowledge. We challenge all actors from several quadrants of society, from restoration ecologists to industrial stakeholders or NGO’s to fulfill the demand for sustainable exploitation of resources.

The conference will take place at University of Évora, in the iconic historical building of College of Espírito Santo. The University has a strong tradition in academic training, human development and involvement in society. We welcome you at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Évora (since 1986) in southern Portugal, one hour away from the capital Lisbon. This medieval town was built upon centuries of history, living side by side with natural values.

Universidade de Évora


SECIL - Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A.