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29 green hoardings hanging baskets bird feeders and watering stations planted cycle locks rain garden bug hotels seed bombs planters encourage biodiversity champions temporary green wall skip garden. Be innovative – what other ideas are there? BIG wants to give industry the opportunity to become leaders in biodiversity enhancements to encourage new ways of incorporating biodiversity into towns and cities. Conclusion Biodiversity needs to become a more integrated part of projects and business plans to enable the built environment to be more resilient to climate change. There is the need to take a new approach where biodiversity is seen as a tool rather than a ‘nice to have’. There is an understanding in the industry that it can often be daunting to know where to start and how to incorporate Get involved in CIRIA projects and proposals Environmental good practice guide for the interiors sector (P2643) This project will develop an environmental good practice guide focused on the interiors sector reflecting current best practice and legislation to ensure effective design intent and delivery of good practice on site. Green Infrastructure for the Built Environment (GI4BE) (P2925) GI4BE brings together a strong vision, a collective voice, a compelling web platform and associated networking events to improve the way the GI community interacts and collaborates. Business improvement through Ecology (BITE) (P2865) CIRIA will develop a website-based toolkit of practical resources for the enhancement of ecology using a range of business improvement techniques. Large landscape trees - a communication strategy (P2896) CIRIA is keen to encourage communication with various stakeholders to explore ways to reverse the decline in large species trees in the urban environment. Environmental good practice on site guide update (RP996) This project will produce an updated guide taking account of recent legislative and practice developments to continue to provide practical advice about managing construction on site to minimise environmental effects, and maintain its relevance to all concerned within the construction process. Working with wildlife - an application for the construction industry (RP980) CIRIA and The Ecology Consultancy are working together to develop a mobile application based on the toolbox talks, species and habitat briefings, to help construction professionals utilise the guidance on construction sites. To find out more and to get involved contact CIRIA on tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300 or email enquiries@ciria.org Planted bicycle locks biodiversity into developments. However, by beginning to share knowledge and experience of how it can be done, including the different approaches that have been taken to enable it to happen, biodiversity can be incorporated at all levels. References Defra (2011) Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services, Defra, UK. Go to: https:// www.gov.uk/government/publications/ biodiversity-2020-a-strategy-for-england-swildlife and-ecosystem-services WWF (2013) How does biodiversity loss affect me and everyone else?, WWF, UK. Go to: wwf.panda.org Sign up Sign up to the BIG Challenge by letting us know what your one enhancement is so that we can start to map them across the country. Once it is completed we would like to show case your change to encourage others to sign up and demonstrate how easy it is to achieve. For further information and to sign up go to: www.bigchallenge.info How can you get involved? CIRIA’s BIG has begun to explore and discuss the issues and now wants to create action and change through the BIG Challenge. The group will continue to discuss the challenges the industry faces with the aim of providing knowledge sharing and championing action. If you are interested in joining the CIRIA’s BIG please contact Louise Clarke: louise.clarke@ciria.org


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