EBBC - Greening of Company Premises

Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises

Europe is one of the most intensively used areas in the world. Up to 80 % of the area is used for urbanisation and transport infrastructure, agricultural and forestry production systems and industrial areas (European Environment Agency). 30 % of the territory of the European Union is highly fragmented, affecting the connectivity and health of ecosystems and their ability to provide viable habitats for species. Increasing urbanisation also has an impact on people's wellbeing, as the affordability of accommodation in green neighbourhoods is decreasing, but the impact of climate change, noise and particulate matter is increasing. In addition, there are excessive demands and time pressure as well as the loss of a close connection to nature.

The project LIFE BooGI-BOP of seven European partners promotes biodiversity-oriented design of premises (BOP) as a part of green infrastructures and potential stepping-stones for biotope corridors – especially in urban and peri-urban areas in Europe – that are also able to improve the well-being of individuals and society.

Become a pioneer!

- The LIFE BooGI-BOP team offers companies advice within the scope of the project through which a business receives a solid basis for deciding whether and which biodiversity options they want to implement.

- Companies with many locations have the opportunity to participate in the pilot phase of "Biodiversity-oriented design for multiple locations".

- We are looking for planners and implementers of biodiversity-oriented design, which we can recommend to companies during the initial assessment.

If you are interested in a cooperation, please contact us and we will send you further information.

Project Activities

Throughout Europe, the project partners will raise the awareness and motivation of companies and related economic actors to include biodiversity as an important topic into the company’s (corporate health) management and decision-making. The project will raise the understanding that BOPs cannot only improve the protection and increase of biodiversity at local level but also the working climate and well-being of personnel.

Through initial assessments, companies receive an individual overview on the potential of biodiversity and of well-being of their premises or real estate and advice on the next steps for a biodiversity-oriented design of business premises. The standardization of BOP elements and a toolbox will support companies with many sites and centralized real estate management to implement BOP. Architects, landscape planners, gardeners have a key role in planning and designing premises. During the project they will be motivated and trained to promote BOP and help to mainstream Biodiversity in Europe.

During the course of the project, a monitoring system will be developed to evaluate the development and impact of BOPs on company’s level and on national level. A Europe-wide network, which will be established during the project, is to promote BOP premises and real estate in more than six EU countries also beyond the project duration.

 

Countries:   Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Spain
EBBC Partner:   Global Nature Fund, Lake Constance Foundation
Other Partners:   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)
Supporter:   EU LIFE Programme

 

Publications

Links

For more information visit the German project webpage: www.naturnahefirmengelaende.de

 

 

Contact

Dr. Thomas Schaefer 

Global Nature Fund
 +49 7732 9995 89
 schaefer@globalnature.org