Land donation from CEMEX
CEMEX have announced that they are to donate around 6,000 acres of land to Chingaza National Natural Park in central Columbia. The land was previously a quarry, which for 50 years contributed to the economic and social development of the neighbouring communities. The land donation to the country’s park service is the final step of the quarry’s restoration plan.
‘The decision to donate this land reflects CEMEX’s commitment to contribute to biodiversity conservation through our land management,’ said Cesar Constain, president of CEMEX in Columbia. ‘Sustainable development is embedded in our core company strategy.’
Located an hour from the Columbian capital Bogota, Chingaza Park is a crucial part of the country’s ecosystem. It provides drinking water for nearly 11 million people and is home to numerous rare plant and animal species.
CEMEX have a wide-ranging land-management strategy at a global level. As of 2009, 82% of the company’s active sites have quarry rehabilitation schemes in place, and the building materials supplier is currently on track to meet its goal of having such plans in 100% of its sites by 2015.