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Europäischer Gesteinsverband - European Aggregates Association


News on Pollinator

These days more than 10% of bee and butterfly species are endangered. The loss of those animal species leads in a declining biodiversity as well as in a decreasing ecosystem function, lower harvests because of less pollinated flowers, plants, and crops and thus the loss has an impact on our food quality.

Because there is not just one reason triggering for the decline of pollinators, individual measures do not often lead to success since their possibilities are limited. Biodiversity is a cross-border topic that need to be strategically discussed. Well planned (EU) measures should coordinate aims to reach a higher success in implementing pollinator protection. The best is to have an European Guidance document that provides simple measures to strengthen the pollinators.

In 2018, UEPG participated in the EU pollinator initiative and EU institutions as well as NGOs are seeing the European Aggregate industry as a trusted partner for biodiversity. The aggerates industry has the capability to generate a high biodiversity from what the different pollinators would benefit.

Before, during and after the extraction work, high valuable habitats can be created which are not often found anywhere else because of missing nature phenomena like flooding, stone crush, cairns etc. The most success would bring partnerships or cooperation with different stakeholders to tackle the aims together.

The possibilities in becoming active can be various and can range from direct actions in quarries to political documents.

UEPG position paper

Expert groups like biologist or universities can be invited in the quarries to help developing direct measures that could sometimes easily be implemented in cooperation with the local community such as local schools. Those activities can enhance their awareness on pollinators.

Deploying information brochures or boards can also contribute to education interested visitors. This way the actions can tackled together, and the volunteers are in addition educated during the work.

An easily action to implement better life conditions for pollinators could be to install bee hotels. Additionally, its advisable to sow wildflower seeds to offer a wide food supply.

Heavy machineries are also able to help generating valuable habitats. They can create steep slopes or loose ground where bees can find a place to live.

Working in a partnership with NGOs and environment associations, guidance documents and biodiversity management plans can be developed. Those guidelines can provide detailed information on, for instance, how pollinators can be preserved in quarries.

Quarries in general provide the possibility to offer important niches for rare and endangered species, for the case that the right measures were identified and implemented. Therefore, the supporting of SMEs has a high priority. The majority of our quarries is operated by small teams with a lower budget why its important to develop also low cost actions like the mentioned bee hotels.

UEPG has a lot of data from their members showing that there is already a huge effort in pollinator and ecosystem conservation. Some of those good practices are showcased on our case studies.

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