Mexican building materials company CEMEX, has received the highest certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC).
The gold certification from the WHC was granted for CEMEX's conservation and biodiversity action programme, Las Salinas and Laguna Cabral.
The conservation plan, created five years ago in collaboration with Grupo Jaragua and Birdlife International, is situated close to its gypsum mine in the Barahona province, in the southwest of the country.
“We are proud to receive Gold Conservation Certification from the WHC," said Alejandro Ramirez, President of CEMEX in the Dominican Republic. "This recognition reflects our successful sustainability efforts in the country and fosters our commitment to embed sustainability in every aspect of our operations”.
Conservation efforts include helping to safeguard two endangered species, the Rhinoceros Iguana and the jicotea (Hispaniolan Slider Turtle), protecting the Laguna Cabral area, and restoring Lemba River’s native riverbank vegetation, among other initiatives.
“Our collaborative project will not only guide CEMEX quarry restoration efforts in the future, but has provided a lifeline for two critical species threatened with local extinction," said Yolanda León, president of Grupo Jaragua. "We are thrilled that our team effort has been awarded the highest recognition by the WHC”.
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