In Lebanon, Spain and Mexico, long-vanished flora species have resurfaced in our rehabilitated quarries, making them a haven for orchids and biodiversity.
A national orchids treasure in Lebanon
The hillside of one Holcim Lebanon site hosts 15 types of orchid species, unique in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The habitat was categorized a site of high significance due to the presence of these 15 types of orchids species (out of 86 taxa), the equivalent of 17.5% of the national diversity. This exceptional concentration of orchids, with many experiencing habitat loss, constitutes a site with outstanding national and global value.
This national treasure was discovered by Holcim Lebanon as part of a regular biodiversity assessment, which it has since turned into a sanctuary. With the help of experts and the local community, Holcim Lebanon monitors the status and the number of orchids at this site every year, as well as possible natural threats.