The third Quarry Life Award competition has now come to a close, and it is time to reveal the international winners and their incredible projects...

The international award ceremony for the 2016 edition of the Quarry Life Award was held on 8 December, at the head office of the Brussels Environment Agency - one of Europe's largest passive buildings.

The evening included speeches from HeidelbergCement CEO Dr Bernd Scheifele, Birdlife International CEO Patricia Zurita, and Director General for the Environment at the European Commission, Daniel Calleja-Crespo. Belgian television presenter and filmmaker Tanguy Dumortier then gave the audience a new perspective on biodiversity in quarries with the help of some friends of the Quarry Life Award - video soon available on our YouTube channel.

Then it was time for the big reveal: the six projects chosen for international recognition for the outstanding quality of their research projects. In a year of 94 incredible projects, the international jury had a very hard time selecting just six, so below we have listed not only the over all winners, but also those projects deserving of a special mention in each category.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year's Quarry Life Award. Remember, nature is the biggest winner and, as Patricia Zurita said, "when nature wins, people win too".

Grand prize

Linking quarries and their surroundings by restoration ecology for semi-aquatic mammals 
Rocío de Torre Ceijas, Daniel Martín Collado, Maria Dolores Jiménez, Lucas de Torre Ceijas, Spain

Special mention:

  • Determining the best soil enrichment method for reclamation using ANOVA  technique - Ghana
  • Nature only works if we do it together - Students “understand” the diversity of the insect and plant diversity - Germany

Habitat & species research

Study of Arthropod and Earthworm Diversity as a Bioindicator for Reclamation Success
Wahyudi Nelvianto, Indonesia

Special mention:

  • DNA barcoding in algae is a first stage of the research of the quarry biodiversity and monitoring - Russia
  • Impacts of grassland restoration on availability of bat prey - UK

Student project

Nature only works together - Students “understand” the insects and biodiversity
Evangelische Grundschule Holzdorf - Germany

Special mention

  • Quarry exploration trail - Czech Republic

Biodiversity Management

Optimizing wetland functions to local conditions in connection to quarries
Emma Svahn, Sandra Nilsson, Markus Hall, Northern Europe

Special mention:

  • Great impact with little effort – optimization of reptile habitats by using existing materials - Germany
  • Return of the pond turtle to the Czech Republic: a potential of the Hulín sand pit for biodiversity - Czech Republic

Education and Raising Awareness

Biodiversity in space and time
Yanina Dmitrakova, Alina Tarasova, Ivan Alekseev, Russia    

Special mention:

  • Naturally … Art! An educational art project based on the environment at ENCI quarry Maastricht - Benelux
  • Quarry exploration trail - Czech Republic

Beyond quarry borders

Stepping ponds: enhancement of connectivity for amphibians in riverside gravel pits
Daniel Gómez de Zamora Martínez, Verónica Cruz, César García, Fernando Viñegla, Spain

Special mention:

  • Linking quarries and their surroundings by restoration ecology for aquatic mammals - Spain
  • Influence of Mokra quarry on local climate and diversity of species - Czech Republic