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Biodiversity Action Plan

August 16, 2019.

CEMEX “La Loma” Basalt Quarry Biodiversity Action Plan

CEMEX and Pronatura Mexico (BirdLife International partner in Mexico) joined efforts to generate a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in the basalt quarry “La Loma”, located in the municipality of Huimilpan , in the state of Queretaro.

The main objective of the BAP is to guide the quarry staff in their daily activities so that through simple activities the restoration and conservation of local biodiversity can be achieved, and in the long term obtain a social and environmental benefit.

This site was chosen due to its proximity to El Cimatario National Park, El Tangano Ecological Conservation Zone and El Tangano II Ecological Reserve Zone. If the site is restored, it can work as an ecological connector in the long term and thus contribute to the mobility and exchange of species of flora and fauna.

The species found in the quarry are: vegetation in mature successional state, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Mexican deaf snake (Pituophis deppei), dark rattlesnake of Queretaro (Crotalus aquilus), spiny collar lizard (Sceloporus torquatus), spiny mesquite lizard (Sceloporus grammicus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the bobcat (Lynx rufus).

Some of the suggested measures to be implemented are: citizen science, quarry zoning, traffic signs and speed bumps on the adjacent road, changing lights to avoid negative impacts on wildlife and revegetation with native species.