The minerals extractive sector has developed a great deal of experience and skill in restoring worked out quarry sites. RESTORE is showcasing the best practice that has been developed by the project partners, and by others that we have assisted in advising. The scale of good practice experiences extends far beyond the RESTORE project however, and there are many instances where they have been published as case studies, by the industry, by nature NGOs etc.
It is important that these are not lost to sight, and that they can be brought together in the same place to be shared to others seeking to realise similar restoration outcomes. It is important that innovation and lessons learned are properly profiled.
This Interactive Map seeks to gather as many examples from across NW Europe of good practice and innovation as possible. The case examples it profiles cover a wide variety of themes;
habitat creation: showcasing priority habitat such as lowland heath, calcareous grassland, reed fen, floodplain forest and conservation features in agricultural restorations
species conservation: including European protected species like the Midwife Toad, Eagle Owl, Otter and Bittern
Ecosystem services: such as flood reduction, water quality improvements, recreational access to nature etc
The map can be filtered by a range of attributes:
Country: there are case studies from all NW European countries except Luxembourg
Issue: ie what the case study is mainly about
Species: which priority species the site benefits
Habitats: priority habitats featured
Protected area status: is it in or immediately adjacent to a Natura2000 site
Ecosystem Service: which are the key public benefits that arise from the site
The map enables multiple filter selections, eg to find all reedfen case studies in Germany
There are ca75 sites currently in the map's database, but a further 75 have been already identified and will be added by the end of August 2015. Thereafter other case studies will be added as the come to light.
The interative map sits on a different web platform (Google Sites); by clicking the link (map) you will be taken directly there, opening in a different window.
Click the map above to go to the interactive map site