Image: Roland Bernarth.
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.
This publication serves as a basis for dialogue with stake- holders from the fields of politics, government, teaching, research, planning, professional associations and, last
but not least, companies. It is aimed at a key construction sector, namely industry and business. It is also a sector with enormous potential for improvement in terms of climate change mitigation and biodiversity, one that must be approached and won over to the cause of biodiversity as an integral part of economical and climate-friendly urban development.
Recognising biodiversity as an integral part of innovative and forward-looking urban development benefits more than the companies and local authorities involved; biodiversity-friendly renewal and development sets new standards and makes a significant contribution to easing environmental and social pressures.
Partners participating in this project are Lake Constance Foundation, Institut für Lebensbezogene Architektur e. V. (Germany), Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung Abteilung Umwelt- und Klimaschutz (IVe) (Austria), Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad, S.L., Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Ekopolis Foundation (Slovakia).