Geneva, 16 November 2012
CSI members met with representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Worldwide Fund (WWF), Birdlife International, Reserva da Biosfera da Mata Atlântica (RBMA), The European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU), European Aggregates Association (UEPG) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in exploring the cement industry’s approach towards biodiversity management actions at operation site level.
Upon delivering its Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation, the CSI embarked on a new project to develop a guidance document for managing biodiversity at sites with extraction operations. The intention is to provide clear high-level guidance that is site-specific, and at the same time, to create a centralized resource that links to relevant case studies, datasets, tools and other more detailed or technical resources and publications that are currently available.
Apart from sharing knowledge on existing practices amongst CSI members, the group consulted relevant stakeholders and biodiversity experts extensively, to capture the experience of trade associations and external partners involved in similar activities. With the support of a professional facilitator, the group covered a diverse range of topics related to the development of the guidance, including:
- guidance scope (scale, audience & purpose);
- relationship of guidance to other components, e.g. existing standards & resources, related processes & systems, available datasets & KPIs and ecosystem services;
- use of the mitigation hierarchy;
- biodiversity assessment;
- adaptive management;
- education, communication & stakeholder engagement; and more...
Constructive dialogues were engaged and the valuable feedback that was captured will greatly enhance the validity and applicability of this document, which is currently undergoing revision.