New ways of restoring quarries: examples from "Hoces del Cabriel" Natural Park (Valencian Community)

This project was developed by LafargeHolcim Spain S.L., following its decision to actively promote local biodiversity within its sites, through the restoration and rehabilitation of affected habitats.The project began in 2014 and involved the restoration of two inactive quarries located in the Hoces del Cabriel SAC/SPA, in the province of Valencia (Spain): - Santa Bárbara,  (geographic coordinates: 39o32' 07.7" N / 1o29' 32,2" W) with a surface area of 4,113 hectares and - El Buitre, (geographic coordinates: 39o31'32,9"N / 1o28'38,3" W) with a surface area of 3,15 hectares.The main actions carried out in the project are: 1) Restoration of degraded habitats; 2) Recreation of important habitats; 3) Conservation and research of endangered and emblematic species, including plants, insects, amphibians and large eagles, such as the Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) and the Spanish imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti). The restoration of a relevant Natura 2000 site which is included in several Autonomic Communities is an improvement on outdated restoration projects which are based on business-as-usual restoration practices for increasing local biodiversity. It is a collaborative and comprehensive project that successfully brings together different organizations from the private, administration and academic sectors: General Directorate of Industry and Mines of the Valencian Government; General Directorate of Natural Environment Management and Environmental Evaluation of the Valencian Government; Department of Protected Areas of the Junta de Castilla la Mancha; Terrestrial vertebrate Research Group of the UA and Cavanilles Institute for biodiveristy and evolutionary biology of the UV.

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