On 9 February, the European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining (ENSQM) Workshop, attended by 130 national and European experts, addressed the "Contribution of the extractive industry to the Natura 2000 network - an opportunity for biodiversity".

This event was hosted by COMINROC, the Spanish Non Energy Extractive Industry Panel, to which FdA (Spain) and UEPG Member is an active contributor. The event was held at the Spanish Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment in Madrid, Spain.

Representatives from the European Commission, Spanish authorities, COMINROC and ENSQM partners were joining the debate where the European Commission clearly explained that Natura 2000 areas are not excluding per-se extraction of minerals or other economic activities.


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What is the European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining (ENSQM)?

The European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining is a raw material commitment under the European Innovation Partnership linked with the Strategic Implementation Action Plan under the non-technological pillar, Improving Europe's raw materials framework conditions, public awareness. The Partners are Eurogypsum, CEMBUREAU, European Geologists (EFG), Eusalt, IMA-Europe, UEPG, COMINROC (Spanish NEEIP) and National Authorities.