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ACTION for GREEN - Environmental activities
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Photo : European Robin seen in the green space around CRF ©Ph. PLUCE, LPO

Canon Research Center France

Restoring a research center's green space to a bird's paradise

  • Conservation of nature / Biodiversity / NPO

Biodiversity Improvement on R&D Site (BIRDS) Project

Canon Research Center France (CRF) started the Biodiversity Improvement on R&D Site (BIRDS) Project in 2011 in order to preserve biodiversity through sustainable site management and planning as well as to raise employee awareness of the environment. Under the Project, CRF made a major transition from its previous site management, which stressed attractiveness, to a management stance that emphasized biodiversity. This included installing feeding trays during the winter and nesting boxes, cutting grass less frequently, stopping the use of herbicides and insecticides, planting a preservation orchard, creating protective shelters for insects and animals, and changing the layouts of artificial ponds. And to raise employees' environmental awareness and engagement with the Project, CRF polled employees to name the Project and holds employee events on such themes as wild birds and insects.

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Green area around CRF before the Project
© H. RUELLAN, CRF
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Green area around CRF in 2016
© F. EHRMANN-PATIN, CRF

Results

CRF runs the project in cooperation with the LPO, a French NGO, which carries out three-day-long observation studies of wildlife on the site. The studies have shown that over five years, from 2011 to 2015, the number of species of birds, plants, and insects has increased from 111 to 140. An expert from the LPO commented that it was “marvelous to have found an Orchis brûlé [a type of orchid], which is an endangered species in Bruttany France.”

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Increase in biological species
Note:∗ Ten of the species, confirmed in 2011, were not seen in 2015.
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Orchis brûlé, an endangered species in Brittany
© H. RUELLAN, CRF
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Ms. Frédérique EHRMANN-PATINn, Sustainable & Continual Improvement

One aim of the BIRDS Project is to increase the biodiversity on the CRF site. It was tough going at first because there was much we did not know, but we have been able to broaden the Project's scope with help from an external NGO. We are extremely delighted to see an increase in the birds and insects that we can observe at the Center thanks to this ongoing Project. We hope to further expand the BIRDS Project by planning events in which more employees can participate.