An Orchid Sanctuary
Following an assessment of biodiversity to record floral species on one of Holcim's sites originally dedicated for excavation, a hillside was identified as a haven for orchids species. The habitat was categorised a site of high significance due to the presence of 15 types of orchids species (out of 86 taxa), the equivalent of 17.5% of the national diversity. This exceptional concentration of orchids, with many experiencing habitat loss, projects a site with outstanding national and global value.
We preserved the site to be a protected area for orchids to ensure their survival and progress. Since its establishment as a sanctuary for orchids, yearly biodiversity monitoring is carried out to monitor the orchids population and develop their capacities by alleviating threats. Engagement with the local community supports the preservation of the natural assets. The project also aims to promote the educational value of the site by targeting the interest of the academic community in enhancing their understanding of the natural system.