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RESTORE Final Conference announced

June 17-18 2015, Brussels







RESTORE Demonstration Events:

2014  programme is now complete





Mid-term Conference:

RESTORE Mineral Sites for Future Benefits

4 June 2014, Dortmund, DE

(presentations uploaded, follow this link)










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October 2015

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



October 2015

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.


September 2015

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.


June 2015

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.


May 2015

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.


April 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"

Access the research paper here


January 2015

RESTORE Project Newsletter number 4 out now. Click here to access


December 2014

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

mineral extraction.


August 2014

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


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










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