CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association) have launched the BIG Biodiversity Challenge, inviting the construction industry to 'do one thing' and add at least one new biodiversity enhancement to construction sites, developments or existing buildings.
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge is a CIRIA Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG) initiative, launched on 14 October 2013. Since its launch in 2013 the challenge has grown considerably and attracts organisations from across a wide range of stakeholder groups.
The Challenge aims to:
Raise awareness of the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the built environment to all those who work in the construction industry
Encourage construction teams to collaborate with local communities to ensure long term awareness and protection of local biodiversity
Promote the integration of biodiversity in green infrastructure initiatives
Support the targets of Biodiversity 2020 strategy in the built environment.
Professor Steve Ormerod, Chairman of Council, RSPB & Professor of Ecology, Cardiff University, said:"Nature in the UK is in trouble, but the small and large changes we make together do make a difference for our wildlife – whether its integrating swift bricks into buildings, softening the design of new developments with nature in mind, or major landscape scale restoration at mineral extraction sites. I'm delighted to see how much the BIG Biodiversity Challenge is gaining momentum – evident from the number of entries received. My thanks go out to all the businesses for their commitment to improving biodiversity across all stages of the construction cycle”.