Image: Spanish Association fot Arboriculture. As part of the fifth edition of the Madrid Cities Forum, held at IFEMA between 14 and 16 June, nature and the urban landscape once again featured prominently on the programme, as essential elements in the design of cities. Among the numerous participative thematic sessions that made up the programme of the 2022 edition of the Madrid event, there was one dedicated to the "Green City: Ideas for designing the biophilic city", structured in two dialogue tables that were characterised by the constructive atmosphere generated by the speakers and the facilitator, Inmaculada Gascón, member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Arboriculture, on how to tackle the challenges facing today's cities from very diverse perspectives: climate change, biodiversity, green public space, etc.Our colleague Alicia Delgado, an expert in biodiversity, participated in the second panel discussion, in which Luis Tejero, coordinator of the Climate Change Programme Red Clever Cities of Madrid City Council, also took part. Other participants in the panel were Alberto Ipas, member of World Urban Parks, World Parks Academy, AEPJP and ANPR Mexico, Ignacio Arenales, technician of the Green Infrastructure Management Association (ASEJA), Ana Méndez, co-founder and CMO of Creando Redes, and Ana Macías, doctor and forestry engineer and president of the Arbocity Association.During the discussion, Alicia shared her vision on the importance of taking biodiversity into account in the design of business and industrial premises to improve the well-being and quality of the environment for workers and visitors, an aspect that is being promoted at European level through the LIFE BooGI-BOP project. Other issues discussed were social justice with regard to the ability of part of the population to be able to adopt certain measures taking into account family income, the suitability and degree of success of some existing proposals for cities’ renaturalisation, the need to place value on green public spaces as democratic spaces that provide ecosystem services (benefits) to the population and the peculiarities associated with their management.Read on at Madrid Cities Forum Comparte Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email...

The international conference European Green Premises 2022 will take place on 14-15 September in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, Germany. The event aims to encourage action and collaboration between companies, property managers, local and regional planners and policy makers, conservation associations and science professionals to move towards greener and more biodiverse business and industrial environments....

The Vorarlberg regional authority and its partner organi- sations in the EU’s Life BooGI-BOP (Boosting Urban Green Infrastructure Through Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises) have recently published Developing Biodiversity in Business Areas – Time to act! (Developing biodiversity in business areas. It's time to act!) in order to motivate key actors in urban development and building to take biodiversity into account when designing new business spaces....

Biodiversity is crucial in urban development, it is a core component in sustainable planning, for the better of our cities and the environment in general. Industrial and commercial premises hold an enormous potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the promotion of environmental quality. In April, partners of EU LIFE BooGI-BOP project organize along with the Province of Vorarlberg an online-series of three talks to promote dialogue between eco-boosting proponents and biodiversity committed planners and clients. ...

Partners of the EU-program LIFE project BooGI-BOP ("Boosting Urban Green Infrastructure Through Biodiversity-oriented Design of Business Premises") will host on February 18th 2021 from 14:30 to 16:00 pm (CET) an online seminar on “Multifuncional business premises for people and nature”. The session is addressed to facility managers. ...

Pond containing plants by using organic networks and coconut fiber batts to control soil erosion, retain sediments and humidity to facilitate re-planting in Plataforma Central Iberum (Illescas, Toledo) Green Building Council España (GBCe), Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have signed a collaboration agreement to work together to develop actions that promote sustainable building in Spain and at European level. They will cooperate by incorporating biodiversity-oriented design of business and industrial premises (BOP).The agreement is framed within the objectives of the EU LIFE projects LIFE Level(s) and LIFE BooGI BOP. The first aims to promote a voluntary assessment framework that will lead to increase sustainable buildings in the European building stock. Level(s) also encourages taking into account the life cycle of the buildings to address environmental and climate risks. The LIFE BooGI BOP project promotes BOP design as part of green infrastructures such as biotope corridors -specially in urban and periurban areas in Europe- that are also able to improve the well-being of individuals and society.Among actions that will be developed within the agreement, signing entities will cooperate organising training and awareness-raising sessions targeted at buildings maintenance staff, , architects, builders, developers, manufacturers or building, members of professionals associations and other experts from construction and building sectors.The content of these sessions is designed to inform, raise awareness and empower attendees to support biodiversity protection and its strengthening within their workplaces, while at the same time make their buildings and environments more sustainable, and enhance working atmosphere and employee’s´ well-being.Another common line of working, which is associated to GBCe´s certification tools, will consist in defining ways to measure impacts that the management of building and construction sectors has on biodiversity and ecosystem. That is, how activities from both sectors affect benefits that nature provides to society such us food, wood, fiber, clean air and water, carbon sequestration, soil stabilization and pollination, among others.Research is one of the cornerstones of both LIFE projects involved in the agreement whose promoters have agreed to cooperate in this field. Specifically, they will design activities both at national and international scale to develop methods which make it possible to value the positive impact of biodiversity on architecture in environmental, social and economic terms. The agreement is therefore seeking enhance Nature-based Solutions as a means of fostering sustainability in building sector.One of the objectives of the agreement is to collaborate with public administrations, universities, corporations practitioners, national and international organisations and associations in disseminating principles and good practices on sustainable design and construction of buildings.Synergies, knowledge and resources shared for achieving the purpose of the agreement are expected to help accelerate the transformation of the building sector towards a sustainable building.Objectives pursued by the framework agreement are aligned with the European Green Deal, which advocates for transformative changes in all of the economic and social spheres, including construction and building. The European Green Deal is aligned with the Paris Agreement on climate change and its aim is to ensure that Europe has a zero-emissions economy by 2050, and protects our environment to enhance individuals’ well-being and working atmosphere in businesses. In addition, it is an integral part of the EU strategy for implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Share Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...

LIFE BooGI-BOP team visiting Plataforma Central Iberum family photo. Image: PCI How can nature-oriented company sites be implemented under Mediterranean conditions? This was one of the key questions that the experts from Germany, Austria, Slovakia and their Spanish hosts Ecoacsa and Polytechnic University  of Madrid (UPM) asked . While in Central Europe, flowering meadows or green roofs can be organised all year round, the low rainfall in large parts of Spain compels us to adopt other concepts. Concrete examples in Castille-La Mancha near Toledo in the south of Madrid show that this is possible. Plataforma Central Iberum is a logistics and industrial area with 350 hectares and it is the first industrial area in Spain to refer to the principles of sustainable development in Europe. The aim is to demonstrate an approach to the development of industrial areas that integrates important sustainability aspects, including all environmental impacts, and also takes into account climate change. The importance of water The central element is water, which, although generally insufficient, can fall in a few heavy rainfall events and then lead to flooding. Rainwater is therefore drained from all roof areas, about 100 ha, into large underground cisterns. Further water flows into a belt from an artificial wetland, which is fed from the cisterns over the summer and thus remains as a source of water for many animals even in the dry season. Wide avenues of up to 40 m are laid out between the company premises, traffic islands allow the integration of elements such as cycle paths, insect hotels, resting places or herb gardens and fruit trees. Other fruit trees, some planted with the families of employees of surrounding companies, help to preserve the biodiversity of the area. As a positive side effect, there are considerable savings in maintenance, as erosion and other consequences of heavy rainfall do not occur and larger areas do not need to be maintained at all. A further economic benefit is the settlement of international companies. Due to their sustainable orientation, these companies can fulfil sustainability reporting criteria from the outset. This is an important effect for marketing, which was not foreseen, but which now makes it much easier to sell the logistics areas and enables good prices. The residents are still a bit unfamiliar with the new design, which takes up the Mediterranean landscape much more and therefore dispenses with lush, year-round irrigated lawns. Finding a new design language here is also a task for the project partners from four European countries. LIFE BooGI-BOP partners Partners of the project are Lake Constance Foundation, Global Nature Fund e Institut für Lebensbezogene Architektur e. V. (ILbA, Germany), Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung —Abteilung Umweltund Klimaschutz (Ive)— (Austria), Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad and Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), and Ekopolis Foundation (Slovakia). Rainwater basin generated in Plataforma Central Iberum. Image: PCI Comparte Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...