The EU extractive sector commits to species protection within spontaneous temporary habitats in its active quarries.

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Dr Shane Sparg and Dr Carolyn Jewell

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Dealing with the European legislation on species and habitat protection is at most part challenging. Therefore, to avoid non-compliance, actions to “keep-out” biodiversity from active quarries are sometimes favoured. However, this is counter supportive of the conservation actions for which derogations (special conditional permits) were intended. HeidelbergCement and BirdLife Europe have been working in partnership since 2011 to achieve better protection of biodiversity at extraction sites. Through this collaboration, a joint pledge was established within the European Extractives Sector in dealing with derogations around temporary habitats. CEMBUREAU, EUROGYPSUM, UEPG and BirdLIfe Europe have committed to a Code of Conduct with a principle to provide a workable and legally certain framework in tackling derogations that is mutually beneficial to both the actors in the sector and for biodiversity conservation. The derogations framework ensures that progress towards nature conservation objectives is not jeopardised, while allowing economic developments that meet the criteria set out in the Directives to proceed. The Code of Conduct considers a tailored approach to the derogation for the different stages of the quarry’s life and highlights how temporary nature in its form of dynamic habitats requires consideration when managing certain groups of species within the quarry.

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