RETURN TO BIODIVERSITY
Caring for the immediate vicinity of GPP Business Park, resulting from the investor’s social responsibility, goes hand in hand with the building certification process under the BREEAM methodology. Each time – as part of the certification process – pro-environmental criteria play an important role among the assessed aspects.
As part of the planned activities, we planted plants adapted to the habitat conditions, referring to the history, and also installed bird and bat boxes as well as insect houses. We covered all the roofs of the office buildings with plants, mainly sedum (green roofs), and an apiary was created on one of them.
We are supported by employees of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the University of Silesia in the scope of activities increasing biological diversity.
BEE – SYMBOL OF UPCOMING CHANGE
The family of bees found their way onto the roof of the BLOCH office building from the apiary of Wiesław Londzin from Zabrzeg. They are Carnica honey bees. They are characterized by gentleness, high honey production and low tendency to swarm (division into subsequent families), which ensures the maintenance of the strong families in the future.
Bees in GPP will not be over-exploited, bees farm is not set for the honey production, it is primarily to contribute to the metamorphosis of the environment and to be one of the symbols of this green complex. Indirectly, they will also be part of the wider process of increasing biodiversity and the ecological value of the complex’s surroundings.
The apiary project is implemented in cooperation with the University of Silesia. Its coordinator is dr hab. prof. UŚ Mirosław Nakonieczny. The purpose of including GPP in the project led by scientists from the Department of Animal Physiology and Ecotoxicology at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection is to expand the group of bee families subjected to detailed research focused on issues of environmental stress.
In addition to consulting in launching the apiary, university representatives also support the process of creating green spaces within the complex with their knowledge and experience in order to create optimal conditions for development, work to benefit of us all.
– The support of a team of employees of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection at the University of Silesia focused primarily on such orientation of the changes accompanying the investment, so they can increase the very low ecological value of these areas. No less important is an enrichment of the biological diversity of the area while avoiding the introduction of invasive species of fauna and flora
- notes dr hab. Edyta Sierka, the author of the Environmental Report for the purposes of BREEAM certification, prepared together with dr. hab. Adam Rostanski.
POLLINATOR FRIENDLY SPACE
While supporting the representatives of GPP Business Park in the idea of creating an apiary, we primarily thought about the environment and mutual relations between the business center and the green areas being developed. We are glad that all related works are carried out in accordance with the “ABC of pollinator friendly space” we promote. We would like this short set of principles to guide all who – on a large and small scale – are involved in creating green spaces
Mgr Łukasz Nicewicz
Team member of the University of Silesia
For many years, our priority was to “pull” this degraded area out of non-existence in which it lasted for over a decade. We had two main goals. The first – to create a friendly office and business space for people who spend a huge part of their lives in it. And the second – use the most innovative solutions in the area of energy efficiency and reduction of emissions of all pollutants. Now, we look more active in terms of the ecological dimension, engaging in the metamorphosis of the areas that surround us. Bees are to become a kind of tester of how we deal with the difficult challenge of reasonable development of these areas