Conference Outputs

In the past 2nd to 4th of May, the University of Évora in Portugal held the Quarries Alive 2018 Conference, dedicated to the theme “Enhancing Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Quarries - Challenges, Strategies and Practice”. This Conference was led by a joint partnership between this institution, SECIL-Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A. and the Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa.

The Quarries Alive 2018 Conference was a unique attempt to answer a growing demand from several sectors of society to address different facets of the restoration of such degraded systems. We were able to gather about 140 participants to assist 34 oral presentations and over 20 poster communications from projects and studies from all around the world. This event managed to create an interdisciplinary reunion to exchange experiences from scientific research projects, technical engineering approaches and innovative pilot-studies. The conference involved actors from several quadrants of society (scientists, practitioners, NGO’s, industrial stakeholders and policy makers); all contributing to define the involvement of industry in quarry management for biodiversity, the strategic role of quarries in the European Green Infrastructure, discuss approaches to restore degraded and build the gap between Science and Practice in order to deliver more sustainable businesses.

The conference accounted for four keynote sessions with invited speakers of renowned prestige representing different perspectives regarding the restoration of quarries: Philippe Fonta (Cement Sustainability Initiative – CSI), Humberto Rosa (European Commission, DG Environment), Jordi Cortina (Chair Society for Ecological Restoration Europe / Universidade de Alicante), and Michael Rademacher (Bingen University of Applied Sciences).

As a final remark we concluded that industry and science share a common goal and responsibility regarding quarry restoration. The importance of the partnership between these two actors should be nourished in order to achieve higher standards for biodiversity. The development of different tools, techniques and practices are a visible output of this endeavour. Also, beyond flagship species and number of species, there is a growing awareness on “invisible biodiversity” and ecological processes that contribute to ecosystem services. Quarry restoration is a growing field of interest gathering the concern of both industry and science. But also society, which is increasingly more demanding for outreaching targets in biodiversity and the services it supplies. There is room to grow further on…

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Keynote speaker: Philippe Fonta

Managing Director Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)

SI.1. Alexandra Silva, SECIL-Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A.

Strategies to enhance biodiversity at SECIL. Outão Plant, a unique case study

SI.2. Elodie Russier, UICN FRANCE

Biodiversity management system and visual syntheses: two tools to manage biodiversity in quarries

SI.3. Pilar Gegúndez Cámara, Lafarge/Holcim

How to manage mining to enhance biodiversity

SI.4. Dirk Fincke, European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining – Eurogypsum

Biodiversity stewardship in quarry management

SI.5. Charlie Butt, BirdLife International/CEMEX

The business and nature benefits of the 10-year global partnership between CEMEX and BirdLife

SI.6. Stéphane Rivière, Heidelberg Cement

Partnerships for biodiversity management

SI.7. Kostis Dragasakis, Titan

Biodiversity Management Plan at Zlatna Panega Quarry, Titan Cement Bulgaria

SI.8. Regiane Velozo Dias, Votorantim Cimentos

A Partnership for a Better Future: technical cooperation between Brazilian Speleological Society - Votorantim Cimentos - Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve




Keynote speaker: Humberto Rosa

Director at European Commission, DG Environment

SII.1. Nigel Symes / Karsten Rusche, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development

Understanding the value of restored quarries for nature and society in the context of green infrastructure provision in NW Europe

SII.2. Alice Nunes, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Ecological restoration across the Mediterranean Basin as viewed by practitioners

SII.3. Lia Mergulhão, Instituto para a Conservação da Natureza

Habitats Directive Art 6(3), Quarries and Open Cast Mining _European Experience

SII.4. Vicenç Carabassa Closa, CREAF

Carbon sequestration and vegetation development in quarry technosols amended with sewage sludge

SII.5. David Álvarez, Ecoacsa Reserva de la Biodiversidad / Lafarge/Holcim

Ecosystem services valuation in quarries restoration


Kostis Dragasakis, Chair PG IV2, CSI



Keynote speaker: Jordi Cortina

Chair SER Europe, Universidade de Alicante

SIII.1. Karel Prach, Faculty of Science University South Bohemia

Landscape context determining spontaneous restoration of post-mining sites

SIII.2. Maxime Séleck, University of Liège

Biological inventories of 5 groups in 14 quarries of the Life In Quarries Project (Walloon region, BE): Biodiversity management implications

SIII.3. Vern Newton, Heidelberg Cement Group

A successful long-term Banksia Woodland restoration project

SIII.4. Sylvain Boisson, University of Liège

Mining and biodiversity: Exploring the conservation strategy of a metallicolous vegetation in the Katangan Copperbelt (D.R.C.)

SIII.5. Julien Laignel / Clara Lorinquer, French National Museum of Natural History / Eurovia

How can the appropriation of a scientific tool by operators can advantage biodiversity enhancement? The Ecological Quality Index approach

SIII.6. Daniel Arizpe, Valenciana d'Aprofitament Energètic de Residus, S.A

Innovative techniques for Facies Weald and Utrillas mine restoration (TECMINE)

SIII.7. Grégory Mahy, University of Liège

Biodiversity for business ecosystem: case studies

SIII.8. Markus Gastauer, Instituto Tecnológico Vale, Belém

Mine land rehabilitation: Modern ecological approaches for more sustainable mining

SIII.9. Ana Calvo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Restoration scenario planning using a toolkit for ecosystem service site-based assessments

SIII.10. Klara Rehounkova, Faculty of Science University South Bohemia

Restoration of post-mining sites: traps for aliens or paradise regained for endangered species?




Keynote speaker: Michael Rademacher

Bingen University of Applied Sciences

SIV.1. Carolyn Jewell, HeidelbergCement

Integrating up-to-date ecological knowledge into quarry biodiversity management – Quarry Life Award case study

SIV.2. Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, University of Western Australia

Soil strategies to address knowledge gaps in post-mining drylands rehabilitation

SIV.3. José Manuel Nicolau University of Zaragoza + VIDEO

ECORESTCLAY LIFE+ Project: Geomorphic reclamation restoration improves soil moisture availability for plants in Aurora-CEMEX clay quarry (Tarragona, Spain)

SIV.4. Michael MacDonald, RSPB / BirdLife

Ecosystem services at restored mineral extraction sites

SIV.5. Graça Oliveira, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Evaluating the success of different restoration actions at SECIL-Outão

SIV.6. Santiago Sardinero, University of Castilla-La Mancha / LafargeHolcim

Ecological restoration of a limestone quarry in central Spain, from Science to Practice

SIV.7. Denis Medinas, Universidade de Évora + VIDEO

Assessing the effects of exploitation and restoration on a quarry: perspective of a ground beetle, Scarites cyclops (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

SIV.8. António Mira, Universidade de Évora

Quarries meet Biodiversity: insights from a long-term project of quarry rehabilitation in a natural park

SIV.9. Daniel Martin-Collado , Complutense University of Madrid

Contribution of a restored gravel pit lagoon system to the functional connectivity at landscape scale using European Otters as indicators

SIV.10. Zoe Rohrer, University of Alcalá / LafargeHolcim

Breeding biology and habitat preferences of Sand Martin (Riparia riparia): basis for a management protocol in mining areas