Reference : Promoting quarries biodiversity through partnerships: a Belgian case study
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Unpublished conference/Abstract
Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/183056
Promoting quarries biodiversity through partnerships: a Belgian case study
English
Seleck, Maxime mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Lussis, Benoit mailto [Fédération des industries extractives de Belgique > > > >]
Harzé, Mélanie mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Pitz, Carline mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Dufrêne, Marc mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Mahy, Grégory mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
17-Jun-2015
Ameloot E., Bracke K. (Eds.) 2015. RESTORE final conference - Public and Biodiversity Benefits through Mineral Site Restoration: Book of Abstracts. 34pp
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Yes
International
RESTORE final conference
17 - 18 Juin 2015
Royal Socety for Protection of Birds
IKL - Instandhouding Kleine Lanschapselementen in Limburg
ILS - Institut für Landes und Stadtentwicklungsforschung GmbH
Provincie Limburg
Stichting Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij ENCI-Gebied
Surrey County Council
VLM - Vlaamse Landmaatschapij
Brussels
Belgium
[en] Throughout the life cycle of quarries, a large diversity of temporary habitats is generated, sometimes left to evolve to more permanent ones. In many cases, the biological roles of quarries are neglected though they are playing a significant role as stepping-stones and regulating green infrastructure in landscapes. In highly urbanized and controlled landscapes, quarries are an exceptional opportunity to maintain rare and threatened transient habitats hosting fugitive species. Such ephemeral biodiversity is hard to manage through a site legal protection status. As exploitation progresses, more permanent, biodiverse habitats settle in abandoned areas but the biologic potential could also be maximized by optimized groundwork through the whole exploitation process.

Exploitation plans taking into consideration biodiversity could allow maximizing quarry biodiversity hosting capacity during the exploitation phase and in further rehabilitation schemes. In 2012, FEDIEX - the Belgian federation of extractive industries - committed itself to a sectorial charter on “Quarries and Biodiversity”. The charter defines an action plan based on three main axes: i) raising members’ awareness; ii) promoting the integration of practical recommendations for the protection and management of biodiversity in exploitation plans; iii) quarries’ personnel trainings.

Since 2012 FEDIEX engaged in a partnership with Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (University of Liège). Our presentation will trace realizations undertaken under this collaboration, among which the “Mr/Ms Biodiversity” training organized in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the publication of folders popularising the management and enhancement of nature in active quarries and the collaboration in the redaction of a “LIFE in Quarries” project (LIFE Biodiversity) submitted for the 2014 LIFE call.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/183056

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