Biodiversity adds value to society in many ways. It is crucial that we conserve and restore habitats in order to continue having the benefits from ecosystem services, which are highly dependent on biodiversity. Therefore it is crucial to have restoration guidelines that consider all aspects of sustainability.

The objectives of this research are to investigate the potential sustainability gaps existing in guidelines of restoration by comparing them to the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD). This research will also lead to formulating recommendations made from a strategic sustainable development approach to fill these gaps. The geographical boundaries for this research will be limestone quarry sites in Sweden. 

Final Update

Now it's time for the final blog update! We have just submitted our final report! We hope our efforts will help HeidelbergCement Group make improvements to their already great biodiversity initiatives. We are feeling very grateful for the opportunity and content with our final work. We look forward to seeing everyone's projects at the presentation day in Stockholm.

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Final touches and presentation preparation

The final touches for the report including formatting are now underway. A large part of the focus now has been shifted towards brainstorming how to present the report in November in Stockholm. How you present your results should be informative and captivating so it is equally as important as the report itself.

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Reductions and Reflections

The final touches for the project report are now being made, mainly length reductions. As the end of the project gets closer our group has had a meeting to reflect on our project and collaboration together. One such reflection was that our recommendations for improvement towards being more strategic and sustainable are small and simple. They don't need to be large and complex all the time. Overall as a group our final reflection was that we worked well together and feel optimistic that our...

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Final additions and revisions

Results from the thesis work are being re-visited and re-formulated in the conclusion to be more applicable and useable for HeidelbergCement Group quarries. There are also additional examples of how the principles we used could look in a quarry setting to make them more easily understood by the stakeholders. There is much revisions, additions, and cuts to be made from the report which should be both a short summary of the thesis work and a document that will help the company use this approach...

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Synthesizing and making it applicable

The past few weeks have been dedicated to synthesizing the results of the thesis, focusing on the restoration guidelines that are most important for the company. This has included investigating questions such as: How do the employees use the restoration guidelines? Is there a way to make implementation of our findings easier and faster? How can the sustainability principles be worded to better aid in the companies understanding of full sustainability? This time has also been used for looking at...

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Slite Site Visit and Meeting Dr. Carolyn Jewell

June has been a very busy month for the project. At the start of June two of us drove down to Degerhamn to meet with Dr. Carolyn Jewell and present to her our thesis results and what we plan on doing for the project report. Next the same two went to Gotland for a site visit at Slite plant. This site visit showed us the differences and similarities between Degerhamn and Slite for their needs from this project and how they do things. It will certainly improve the quality, feasibility, and...

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Thesis Defense

On Tuesday, May 31st my thesis group and I performed our thesis defense. We presented our thesis, answered questions, and defended our work to the opponents, advisers, and our peers. It feels good to be past such a huge milestone but we have more to do before we are done for the QLA. Next steps include incorporating the feedback from the defense to improve our project.

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The next two weeks will be dedicated to editing the thesis version to be submitted to the university at the end of May. The picture shows the team going through the document and making the appropriate adjustments and additions. The summer will be dedicated to making the adjustments for the QLA to make the document directly applicable for Heidelberg Group.

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Thematic Coding

All of the interviews have been conducted, transcribed, and coded! We spent the last few days discussing the results and themes of the coding. Themes that emerged during these interviews were cross-checked and evaluated with the findings from the comparative study in phase one, in order to triangulate recurring gaps and extrapolate the most crucial areas for improvement for restoration to become fully sustainable.

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Degerhamn Site Visit

My thesis group and myself went on a site visit to the limestone quarry in Degerhamn yesterday. We took many pictures for our report and asked many clarifying questions that will help us moving forward.

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Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) Comparison

At the beginning of our research a few weeks ago we compared five restoration guidelines to the FSSD. Some results were expected and others were surprising. No two guidelines were alike in the results of this comparison. The final result showed where the strong aspects and where the gaps in relation to sustainability were in these guidelines. This led to deeper comparisons strictly looking at principles for each guideline and finding themes to help construct our interview questions.

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