LafargeHolcim and FFI successfully complete biodiversity project in South East Asia

22 October 2018

LafargeHolcim and Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a leading NGO focused on biodiversity, have completed an extensive 12 months project in South East Asia that is aimed at increasing the Group’s efforts to mitigate their impacts on biodiversity.

 

As part of the project, FFI has conducted an external review of biodiversity management plans (BMP) at sites in Indonesia and the Philippines. FFI also organized a stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity in Malaysia followed by specific recommendations for a BMP. The NGO contributed to the development of a Group-wide strategy on karst1 management and identified opportunities for protecting and enhancing biodiversity at the quarries.

Following the completion of the project, LafargeHolcim has now taken the decision to implement FFI’s recommendations across its company standards and procedures that are compulsory for all of the Group’s quarries.

Jens Diebold, Head of Sustainable Development at LafargeHolcim commented: “Biodiversity conservation is a key dimension of our sustainability strategy and an important element to managing our quarries successfully. We would like to thank FFI for the important contribution to our efforts in being good stewards of the land. The work with and recommendations from FFI will support our efforts to operate our quarries in a sustainable way.”

 

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Anna Lyons, a Senior Manager at FFI, said: “The LafargeHolcim teams involved in the project - were knowledgeable and highly motivated to make a positive contribution to the protection of biodiversity; this is particularly important in karst landscapes, which are known to be hotspots for endemic species. We are pleased that LafargeHolcim is adopting our recommendations across the Group, this is an important step to show how global businesses can support biodiversity management and conservation.”

LafargeHolcim has already taken the first step by integrating into its Biodiversity Management System a categorization process recommended by FFI. Over the next months, efforts will be geared towards the re-assessment of the biodiversity value at its sites, systematic identification of sites with high potential for positive change in biodiversity, and integration of indicators to track the effectiveness (and progress) of biodiversity measures into the company reporting protocol. Further recommendations proposed by FFI will be implemented over the medium and long-term.

1 Karst is a special type of landscape that is formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, including limestone, gypsum and dolomite. Karst regions contain aquifers that are capable of providing large supplies of water. Natural features of the landscape such as caves and springs are typical of karst regions. Karst landscapes are also vital for biodiversity; not only are they renowned as hotspots for endemic species (those found nowhere else on earth), they also host the last remaining populations of many endangered species.
 

About Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and that take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide, FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.