The RESTORE Finale
The final keynote action of RESTORE saw the grand opening of the linking
stairway at ENCI Maastricht that connects the community of Maastricht to the
interior of the quarry, where restoration to calcareous grassland is starting.
Over 100 invited guests witnessed the official opening of an important symbol
of the RESTORE philosophy; connecting to people with naturein restored
Final RESTORE reports are published
Keynote reports from the evaluation of minerals planning in North West
Europe, which identify existing good practice, and provide recommendations
for improving minerals planning performance to ensure the potential for
biodiversity enhancement and for the associated public benefits can be
realised. These are published and are accessible here.
RESTORE Ecosystem Services reports published
Keynote reports on the findings of the RESTORE analysis of the economic value of ecosystem services
provided by restored quarries is published. Visit our Ecosystem Services Valuation page to download.
RESTORE Final Conference, Brussels
Delegates from across the quarry industry and its stakeholders in NW Europe attended the RESTORE
final conference in heart of the 'EU Zone' in Brussels to here the results of the RESTORE project and
to debate the key themes for ensuring positive outcomes for nature and communities from restoring
the 1/4million hectares of minerals extraction land in NWE. Presentations and posters from RESTORE
partners and guest speakers can be downloaded here.
Stairway build underway at ENCI Maastricht
After being made to wait by nesting Eagle Owls, the installation of a new stairway down the rock
face, to give people access to the restored areas of the quarry and to reconnect an ancient pilgrims
way, is underway. Completion is expected in August 2015.
RESTORE research paper: Ecosystem Services
The RESTORE research team assessed the ecosystem services generated from nature restoration of two
quarries in eastern England. The paper is titled "Rapid Assessment of Ecosystem Services Provided by two
Mineral Extraction Sites Restored for Nature Conservation in an Agricultural Landscape in Eastern England"
RESTORE Project Newsletter number 4 out now. Click here to access
RESTORE Final Conference announced We will present the results of the RESTORE Project's activities in
identifying best minerals planning policy, innovating best practice in restoration, understanding ecosystem
service potential and valuation assessement of restoration scenarios, across 4 states in NW Europe. It will be
a great place to network and to consider further steps in realising nature and people benefits following
RESTORE forges links with Sustainable Aggregates Planning in South East Europe (SNAPSEE) an EU funded project that seeks to address challenges with assuring sustainable supply of aggregates related to their economic importance and the potential environmental and social impacts associated with their production. The project has produced guidance on restoring sand and gravel pits adjacent to rivers which can be downloaded here
More information can be found on the Snapsee website snapsee.eu
RESTORE special session at SER2014 Conference. Delegates from RESTORE partners (RSPB and ILS) presented a series of papers on biodiversity potential of restored quarries, the ecosystem services they deliver and how these might be valued, at a special session of the Society for Ecological Restoration2014 Conference in Oulu, Finland.
SER2014 website is here
RESTORE Final Conference announced
June 17-18 2015, Brussels
RESTORE Demonstration Events:
2014 programme is now complete
RESTORE Mineral Sites for Future Benefits
4 June 2014, Dortmund, DE
(presentations uploaded, follow this link)
Dowload the RESTORE Project newsletters here.