LIFE BooGI BOP

Rainwater harvesting pong in Plataforma Central Iberum (Illescas, Toledo)

Logo Boosting Green Infraestructure Through Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises (BooGI-BOP)

Contact

Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad

David Álvarez

Tel.: +34 679 511 383

davidalvarez@ecoacsa.com

www.ecoacsa.com

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Carmen Avilés

Tel.: +34 696 109 900

carmen.aviles@upm.es

www.montesymedionatural.es

Logo en español LIFE BooGI-BOP

Biodiversity-oriented design of business and industrial premises

Europe is one of the world´s most exploited areas, with 80% of its surface occupied by urban development, transportation infrastructure, agricultural and forest production systems and industrial surfaces, as reported by the European Environment Agency.

 

30% of the European Union´s territory is severely fragmented. This affects ecosystems´ connectivity and health, as well as its capacity to provide viable habitats for different species. Ever-increasing urban development also affects people´s well-being, as the accessibility to green neighbourhoods diminishes, while climate change impact, noise and polluting particles increase; added to this are the excessive demands on nature and time pressure, as well as the loss of an intimate connection with nature.

Objectives

The LIFE BooGI-BOP (Boosting Urban Green Infrastructure through Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises) project is spearheaded by seven European partners. It promotes the design of business and industrial facilities (BOP) focused on biodiversity improvement, as an important foundation for green infrastructures and biotope corridors -especially in Europe´s urban and peri-urban areas-, which will in turn improve the well-being of individuals and society.

Images: Ecoacsa, Lake Constance Foundation, Stiftung Natur und Wirtschaft

Activities

Awareness

The project´s partners will work on awareness in Europe to motivate businesses and economic agents to include biodiversity as an important issue in their decision-making and management process (corporate health). The project will help increase awareness about biodiversity improvement; it cannot only improve the protection and growth of biological diversity at a local level but can also improve work environment and personnel´s well-being.

Assessment

Through initial and personalized assessments, businesses will learn how to use their facilities or real estate properties to improve biodiversity and well-being, and they will also receive advice on how to design business environments focused on biodiversity. Through standard BOP elements and a tool kit, we help businesses with numerous locations and those responsible for centralized real estate management implement a design which will improve biodiversity.

Training and motivation

Architects, landscapers and gardeners are key in planning and designing facilities, and while the projects lasts, they will be motivated and trained to promote the design of biodiversity-focused business and industrial environments and contribute to their integration in Europe.

Monitoring

While the project lasts, the development and impact of BOP at both a business and national level will be monitored.

European network

A European network will be set up to boost the biodiversity-focused design of commercial and industrial facilities and real estate properties in over six countries in the European Union once the project is over.

Initiatives

LIFE BooGI-BO is based on the experience gained through Germany´s model initiative “Greening of Company Premises” project, developed between 2013 and 2016. LIFE BooGI BOP avails itself of the synergy born from the cooperation with the “European Business and Biodiversity Campaign” and on its biodiversity-control experiences.

Images: Ecoacsa, Lake Constance Foundation, Stiftung Natur und Wirtschaft

Partners

Name of the project

Boosting Urban Green Infraestructure through Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises

Duration:

01/07/2018 - 31/12/2021

Partners

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).

Funded by the EU LIFE Programme