14 Sep 2023 - 14 Sep 2023


What’s buzzing in our quarries? 

The European cement sector gives pollinators a helping hand 

Evidence increasingly showcases the value of quarries, both active and rehabilitated, as abundant sources of pollen and nectar, vital to the survival and prosperity of pollinators. Aligned with CEMBUREAU Biodiversity Roadmap, the EU cement sector has pledged to undertaking strategic actions to support the conservation and rehabilitation of wild pollinator populations within its quarries. This webinar will bring together key stakeholders from the European Commission, academia, and the cement industry to discuss how the sector is not only mitigating pollinator decline but actively contributing to their resurgence across Europe. 


10:00 – 10:05 Introduction by the moderator Dr Carolyn Jewell, Member of CEMBUREAU Biodiversity Task Force 

10:05 – 10:15 Presentation on CEMBUREAU Biodiversity Roadmap by Ms Alexandra Silva, Biodiversity Project Manager at SECIL and Chair of the Biodiversity Task Force at CEMBUREAU 

10:15 – 10:30 Pollinators & pollination: values, threats, policy, and practice by Dr Adam J. Vanbergen, Research Director, INRAE (French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment)  

10:30 – 10:45 EU Pollinators Initiative Revision & EC Pollinators Guidance for the Extractive Sector by Mr. Vujadin Kovacevic, Policy Officer, European Commission DG-ENV Unit D2, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Health 

10:45 – 11:15 Case Studies from the Cement Industry  

“Insect Pollination Services in Actively and Spontaneously Restored Quarries Converge Differently to Natural Reference Ecosystem” by Mr Pedro Salgueiro, Department of Biology, University of Évora, Portugal 

“Collaboration with NGOs to improve the abundance of priority pollinator species at restored quarries” by Mr Sean Cassidy, Sustainability Manager at Cemex & Mr. Mike Slater of Butterfly Conservation 

11:15 – 11:20 Closing remarks by Mr Nikos Nikolakakos, CEMBUREAU Environment & Resources Manager

 Please follow the link to register.