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Lafarge in Greece has joined forces with the University of Patras and the French Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest to rehabilitate the Araxos quarry, promoting the development of local plant species.

 

Objectives

  • Develop a rehabilitation plan favoring native plant species to ensure optimal ecological and landscape integration
  • Implement a conservation plan for a European protected plant species: Centaurea niederi

Summary

An agreement has been signed between the Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest (CBNB), Lafarge in Greece and the Greek University of Patras concerning the rehabilitation of Lafarge's Araxos quarry. This quarry is situated in the Peloponese region in the west of Greece, in a protected natural site (Natura 2000). Lafarge had already been working with the CBNB in France, deploying local programs for the preservation of endemic flora. We decided to extend this partnership outside France to Greece, which is an area of high biodiversity.

The partnership has allowed us to develop a rehabilitation plan using exclusively local plant species. It has also involved the implementation of a conservation plan for a European protected plant species: Centaurea niederi, present on the quarry's cliffs.

Results

Centaurea niederi plants were carefully prepared at the University of Patras and reintroduced into the Araxos quarry. Regular monitoring of these plants has shown that they are now thriving in the natural environment provided by the rehabilitated quarry.

     
     

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