LIFE IN QUARRIES PROJECT

THE CLYPOT QUARRY HAS BEEN AMONG SITES INVOLVED IN THE “LIFE IN QUARRIES” PROGRAMME SINCE 2014.

THIS PROJECT BRINGS TOGETHER DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS SUCH AS THE WALLOON REGION, NATAGORA, FEDIEX AND THE PLAINES DE L’ESCAUT NATURAL PARK. THE MAIN GOAL IS TO RECONCILE “BIODIVERSITY AND EXTRACTION”.

This project is mainly based on developing new quarry management techniques during the operating phase and not just during the site rehabilitation phase. On a site such as the Clypot quarry, developing biodiversity goes without saying. The cliff faces are favorable habitats for raptors and the breeding of great horned owls.

Steps have been taken including the creation of permanent ponds in areas poor in vegetation favouring colonisation by amphibians such as the natterjack toad and the common toad.

Some actions are taken in consultation with the Nature and Forest Department such as creating a “dead leg” near a river so as to feed a wetland and enable a specific fauna and flora to develop.

In addition, Life in Quarries promotes communication between the different partners in the project: quarry operators, local authorities, NGOs, scientists. Numerous exchanges of expertise and experience favour the emergence of best practices for dynamic biodiversity management.

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