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31 Mar 2009 05:03:08

Built environment can contribute to biodiversity

Built environment can contribute to biodiversity
The building industry has been issued with guidance on enhancing biodiversity in the built environment.

A report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has urged the building industry to change the way it thinks about construction and its impact on biodiversity.

Paul King, chief executive of the UK-GBC, said: "All too often our mindset is simply to reduce the negative impacts from construction and development. But it's important to think about how we can actually increase positive impacts - for people, wildlife and the economy."

He added: "Development done well can and should actually create habitats in which wild species thrive, and a habitat for the human species that we can all enjoy."

The report recommended that stakeholders visit the UK-GBC 'portal' for information on biodiversity and the built environment, regulators and developers of sustainability tools should take biodiversity into account and the development of a standard method for collating information about developments' impact on biodiversity.

NGOs, academics and government agencies as well as figure from the construction industry are members of the UK-GBC, which was launched in February 2007.


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