Biodiversity is high on our agenda. We want to stimulate biodiversity by investing and protecting the natural environment at and around our parks.
Next to the biodiversity due diligence as part of the land acquisition and focus on brownfield developments to avoid new development built on greenfield land or recognized high biodiversity value, we have set out a new biodiversity strategy and have set the target that 100% of our development projects need to implement a biodiversity action plan.
Biodiversity Action Plan
The biodiversity action plan for development projects is prepared by a qualified ecologist after assessment of the characteristics of the local biodiversity. The purpose is to avoid and reduce all impacts of the project on the local nature, and to implement a list of recommendations like the use of environmentally certified materials, designs for the façades advantageous for birds, and biodiversity compensation zones or initiatives.
Improve Local Biodiversity
The Group also applies a pragmatic approach towards biodiversity at its standing assets to protect and improve local biodiversity. The aim is to increasingly focus on creating green spaces, such as green roofs, green walls and green parkhouses. Next to this, we add new trees and install beehives or insect hotels.
The Group also works across its regions to raise awareness among its stakeholders and communities about the importance of biodiversity. For example, with the VGP Foundation, we have conducted the NABU campaign ‘Become an Insect Scout’ during which nature enthusiasts and insect fans could apply for training and insect care projects in the community.
Compensation Area at VGP Park München
At VGP Park München, we have made an ecological compensation area next to the park. The area has 24 hectares of fields, dry grasslands, flower strips and ponds. The northern part focuses on nature protection and the creation of habitats for amphibians, while the southern part focuses on the protection of special bird species, such as the endangered skylark. A great example of how we want to contribute to the conservation of the biodiversity and ecological balance of the communities where we operate.
Biotope at VGP Park Laatzen
At VGP Park Laatzen, we have implemented several biodiversity actions such as a large biotope to protect toads and other reptiles.
Beehives at VGP Park Lliça d'Amunt
At VGP Park Lliça d’Amunt, five beehives were installed on the rooftop, decorated with local plants and filled with a total of 250,000 bees to stimulate local biodiversity. The honey is collected by local beespecialists and donated to non profit organizations.