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HeidelbergCement announces the second round of its Quarry Life Award

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HeidelbergCement will soon commence the second round of the Quarry Life Award, which promotes new research projects and raises awareness of the biological value of quarrying sites.

Applications can be submitted from 17 September 2013 to 1 March 2014. Project proposals are welcomed in the following categories:

  • Raising Public Awareness.
  • Promoting Biodiversity.
  • Innovation and Biodiversity.
  • Biodiversity and Education.
  • Pupil and Student Projects.

The last category is a new addition for the second round of the contest, designed to ensure greater accessibility to the younger generation. The competition encompasses 22 countries, which also includes Indonesia, Canada, Turkey and the US this year.

In each participating country, a national jury will choose five projects to be submitted by September 2014. Three winners will then be selected out of these five. All five finalist projects will be eligible to compete for the International Quarry Life Award and the top five projects in each category will be awarded €10 000 in December 2014. The overall winner of the competition will receive €30 000.

“The Quarry Life Award is an outstanding opportunity to show our stakeholders, such as government agencies, local municipalities, environmental groups and business partners, that HeidelbergCement is a pioneer when it comes to biodiversity management. Quarrying sites are ideal places for scientists and young people alike to do research on nature protection. Quarries and aggregates pits enrich the landscape and create habitats for various species of animals and plants that are becoming increasingly marginalised in modern cultural landscapes,” said Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO of HeidelbergCement AG. “The Quarry Life Award creates a win-win situation for the scientists, nature and our subsidiaries on country level.”

Details of the Quarry Life Award 2012 winning projects can be found here.

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