We debate on restoration in Europe with a conference at La Falconera

A technical conference on quarry restorations was held in La Falconera to exchange experiences and practices with biologists from the University of Liège, responsible for the European project "Life-in-quarries".

A technical conference on quarry restorations was held in La Falconera this November. Promsa has organized the event together with two of the most important entities in the aggregates sector: the Aggregates Guild, an organization present in Catalonia and led by Jaume Puig, and with the National Aggregates Federation, statewide and directed by César Luaces.

The day has been very enriching, as we have had the opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices with a group of three biologists from the University of Liège (Belgium), responsible for the European project "Life-in-quarries" which have ended this year. The research team has been able to study about twenty Walloon mining operations for five years, using techniques for the environmental preservation of protected species in wetlands during mining.

The Belgian project has been supported by LIFE, the European Union's financing instrument for the environment and climate action. This program aims to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing high value-added projects.

We also had the ornithologists Kiku Parés and Rafael Bosch, who told us about the evolution of two birds present in the quarries of the Garraf and which are currently in danger of extinction: the black colt and the bald eagle. Emílio Valbuena, the biologist of the Garraf Natural Park, presented us with actions aimed at preserving the most vulnerable species and explained that spaces such as La Falconera can be used to create habitats for these species.

On behalf of Promsa, the participants in this day were Pilar López, head of the Environment, and Carles Ventura, head of La Falconera. Both have disseminated good practices in the topics discussed at the event and have highlighted the importance of integrating native species in the future restoration of La Falconera.