Lafarge has established a comprehensive biodiversity management system in partnership with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Together they have developed:
The objective is to work with local environmental associations to establish biodiversity development plans for sites with rare species of fauna or flora.
In partnership with the WWF Lafarge has also developed a biodiversity index to monitor and track ecological changes at the Group's quarries and sites.
A rating of 1 to 7 is attributed to quarries according to:
- the rarity of identified species,
- the surface area of the natural environment.
The ratings underpin action programs.
In 2006, several tests were carried out at a number of quarries in Germany and France to establish a comprehensive methodology. At the end of 2008, some 50% of our quarries had been screened. Of the screened quarries so far 270 have been shown to have significant biodiversity stake. By 2010, all of the Group's 800 sites will be involved.