Costain Tackles Biodiversity Challenge

22 June 2015

Costain has become a partner to CIRIA’s Big Biodiversity Challenge, an initiative that calls for biodiversity to be at the heart of the design and engineering process.

CIRIA, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, is an independent, not-for-profit and member based organisation.

Launched in October 2013, the Big Biodiversity Challenge encourages organisations to ‘do one thing’ for biodiversity on their construction site, development or building, and to show that biodiversity enhancements can be simple, affordable and achievable.

Since its launch over 60 organisations have signed up to make a commitment to ensure they implement one biodiversity enhancement.

A biodiversity enhancement is an action that improves biodiversity and ecological habitat in the local environment. Enhancements should increase opportunities for local biodiversity and go beyond normal business practice or predetermined planning and construction conditions. The biodiversity enhancement can be simple, such as adding hanging baskets planted with native wildflowers, creating bug hotels, rain gardens, planted cycle locks or skip gardens.

The initiative complements the Company’s Environmental Campaign ‘Wildlife Week’ which is running from July 20-24.

“We are proud to partner with the Big Biodiversity Challenge, which shows that small enhancements are the crucial first step in engaging with and understanding biodiversity. Many of our contracts already undertake enhancement projects, both on and around the sites, working with schools and local nature charities to promote greater awareness and leave an improved environment for local people to enjoy,” said Geraint Rowland, Group Environmental Manager.

For more information about the BioDiversity Challenge, please click here.






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