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Ice Age in a unique setting (Switzerland)

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: The discovery of a well-preserved mammoth tusk in the gravel pit in 2006, which created a resonance in the media, led to the idea and development of a mediation project "Ice Age".

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: Visitors should have free access to the gravel pit every day from 8:00 to 18:00. The visitor area contains a fireplace and a space for experiencing relevant topics of the Ice Age - climate history, geology, botany, zoology and cultural history. The life-size, 3D printed mammoth is the eye-catcher of the area. All paths have been designed with a maximum gradient of 12% to ensure the visitor area is accessible with wheelchair and pram.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The Ice Age project provides a secure place for extracurricular learning for the basic teaching of biology, geology and geography. Additionally, this project is intended to serve the curiosity of the population towards nature and its raw materials. The aim is to present the gravel pit in different ways - as intersection between ecology, society and economy, as well as an education project for all generations. Overall, the gravel pit as replacement of lost, original habitat and mineral raw material extraction is perceived very positively by the visitors of the "Ice Age Experience".

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is for companies in the extractive industries.

UEPG Sustainable Development Award Nominee / Lötscher Kies + Beton AG
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Repository, resource libraries & toolkits
Learning relevance
Case study
Construction minerals (aggregates)
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Exploitation phase
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Stakeholder engagement
Cultural heritage and FPIC