On 9 December 2014, HeidelbergCement celebrated the winners of the 2014 International Quarry Life Award (QLA) at a ceremony in Prague.
During his welcome address, Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement, stated: “The Quarry Life Award has generated great enthusiasm among researchers, students, environmental associations, and our own employees. The competition and research projects allow HeidelbergCement to improve its biodiversity management practices as well as share best practice examples with the public. The competition clearly augments our collective knowledge about the biological value of mineral extraction sites.”
Nearly 400 project proposals from 22 countries entered the awards and 95 were subsequently selected across the five different categories of the competition: ‘Biodiversity and Education’; ‘Innovation and Biodiversity’; ‘Biodiversity Enhancement’; ‘Raising Public Awareness’; ‘Student Project’. The best project in each category received €10 000 and the Grand Prize winner was presented with a cheque for €30 000. The latter went to Poland’s NATRIX Herpetological Association, which conducted a comprehensive inventory of reptiles and amphibians at the Górazdze limestone quarry.
“This project embodies what the Quarry Life Award is all about. It touched on all aspects of biodiversity enhancement, innovation, stakeholder engagement and raising public awareness. The project is well focused. The fieldwork was perfectly carried out with good recommendations that management can easily follow,” Daniel Gauthier told the winning team.
The international jury included Daniel Gauthier, Member of the Managing Board; Richard Grimmett, Director for Conservation at BirdLife International; Erasto Mark Njavike, Program Manager at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in Tanzania; Dr Michael Rademacher, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Director at HeidelbergCement; Dr Ulrich Tränkle, Director of AGLN, a consultancy for landscape planning and nature conservation management.
QLA 2014 international winners
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/10122014/international-quarry-life-award-2014-winners-revealed-994/