The Port of Auckland (New Zealand) create a vertical garden

 Biodiversity 

The aim is to integrate its car-handling terminal building more effectively into the urban surroundings. It will form a local landmark for the City Port and its roof will be turned into a public park within a few years. It will also promote biodiversity. The garden meets sustainability criteria, and everything in it can be either re-used or recycled.

Hanging Gardens ; Video

Protecting bees in the port city of Trieste (Italy)

 Biodiversity 

Bees are the most important pollinator of food crops in the world. They play a crucial role in our food system, and the ecological balance of our ecosystems. However, sometimes they create colony in the most unexpected places, such as a storm drain I the Port of Trieste (video). To solve the problem, the port contacted a beekeeper to find a new home for the swarm. The operation was not complex and the bees now have a new home in the hills close to the port. The project is a good example for the Goal 10 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, protecting biodiversity.

Port of Trieste (video)sustain web

Canadian ports show their commitment with the local fauna

 Biodiversity 

Artificial concrete and sand nesting boxes installed by the port of Montreal and port of Quebec proof successful. Bank Swallows are back to occupy the nests installed last year, in some cases multiplying their colony fourfold. In the project, the port of Quebec tested three solutions for artificial nests, being the concrete ones the ones with best results.

Port Montreal, Port Quebec (Twitter)

Restoring nature to the city: the Gabiodiv’ project in Lyons (France)

 Biodiversity 

Gabiodiv’ aims to restore aquatic environments and promote biodiversity in and around water courses whose banks have largely been concreted over, in Lyons as in many other port cities. Metal cages are attached to the quayside, with plants placed on them. They will be installed in public areas. The project is intended to have an educational impact and raise public awareness about the importance of natural heritage.

Lyon capitale ; Gabiodiv.fr

Whale protection program of the Port of Vancouver (Canada) celebrates 5 years

 Biodiversity 

The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program was created in 2014. It has ever since gathered a broad and diverse group of advisors, under the leadership of the port authority to protect the endangered southern resident killer whales. In order to do so, the ECHO program has measured the noise levels of more than 10 000 ships in the Salish Sea. Over 5000 vessels have voluntarily slowed down or detoured to protect the feeding area of this cetacean from underwater noise. The program also offered resources to help mariners to raise awareness of the effects ships can have on these animals. The program has produced in this period several documents including a “Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises of Wester Canada”, the “Whales in our Waters tutorial” or the app WhaleReport Alert System, besides yearly reports and scientific papers.

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