Healing Path of an Ecosystem
World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on June 5. “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore” is this year’s theme and its focal point is ecosystem restoration. According to the United Nations, ecosystem restoration means “preventing, halting and reversing the damage - to go from exploiting nature to healing it".
Special occasions like the WED help to reinforce our commitment to sustainability by focusing on strategic initiatives that make a significant contribution to nature and society. This year’s theme has never been more pertinent to our operations and our commitment to rehabilitating our quarries. In this respect, we have been engaged in restoring an area of 132,000 m2 in Chekka to boost biodiversity and restore vegetation cover.
More than 3000 vegetation and evergreen shrubs are planted on site. Species such as olive, oak, thyme and carob, as well as fruit trees like avocado, pistacia, grape, fig and guava reflect traditional and endemic species of the surrounding environment. Engineering works preceding the plantation phase created terraces, water ponds and dedicated zones for the species.
The project combines ecological restoration with landscape rehabilitation. This approach aims to accelerate the natural regeneration of the ecosystem and reconstitute the areas where previous rehabilitation efforts were undertaken.