Bringing people and nature together in Spain
In Spain we have over thirty years of experience of land rehabilitation and ecosystem restoration. Our participatory model of nature-based solutions was recently recognized by the European Business Awards for the Environment for fostering biodiversity and natural capital. Biodiversity is a crucial component of our quarry rehabilitation projects. With the advice of independent conservation experts, we look for nature-based solutions with the objective of leaving the land in better conditions than before we started (‘biodiversity-positive’). This approach demonstrates our ability to recover native landscapes, recreate sensitive habitats and support the recovery of threatened species.
In the Yepes-Ciruelos quarry, for example, we have managed to obtain over 360 plant species with high ecological value. In addition to expanding plant biodiversity, we included nutritional plants that attract a wide diversity of pollinators that, in turn, attract birds. In an effort to imitate nature, we created new habitats that provide shelter to dozens of fauna species to reproduce and breed. In addition, we transformed the mining space into a natural forest area that thousands of people can enjoy daily.