A mining site provides a great variety of landscapes and habitats that present low disturbances from human activities. As a leading cement and aggregates producer, HeidelbergCement is committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction. In more than 1000 quarries and pits worldwide we strive to promote the exceptional local flora and fauna. Through The Quarry Life Award and the participating projects, we aim to raise the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it. You can help us reach that goal by joining the 2nd edition of the Quarry Life Award!

The Quarry Life Awards offers a unique opportunity to add true ecological and educational value to a mining environment. Take a look at the following topics and let your creativity go to work.

  • Discover biodiversity in mining sites

    Through your project you want to increase the knowledge about biodiversity in the selected mining sites.

  • Biodiversity and rehabilitation

    Your project promotes biodiversity in quarry rehabilitation (nature protection, forestry, agriculture, recreation, housing areas, etc.).

  • Biodiversity and education

    You develop a concept for social and educational activities focused on mining and biodiversity (events, nature trails, cooperation with schools, NGOs, universities).

  • Biodiversity management during extraction

    Your project optimizes the biodiversity value of the quarry during the extraction period.

All young people, being a graduate, student or scientific researcher, are invited to submit a two page Project Proposal by 1st March 2014. The five best Project Proposals in each country will then be selected based on their added value for nature and society, for innovative aspects, feasibility, raising public awareness and involvement of stakeholders. Proposals can be submitted by individuals or teams.

To give each of the selected projects a head start, HeidelbergCement participates in the project costs as determined by each country. Selected participants will carry out field work between March and September 2014 to complete their research work.

The Final Project Report summarizing findings and results must be submitted by the end of September. Evaluation for prize money will be based on this final research report as well as field work. All accepted projects will simultaneously compete for both national and international prizes. National prizes of €1 500, €3 000 and €5 000 euro with an international prize of €10 000 in five categories and a grand prize of €30 000 will be awarded to the best overall project.

All participants agree to abide by the company’s health and safety regulations. Any team or individual not following health and safety regulations will be immediately disqualified.