Urbaser “reimagines, recreates, restores” on World Environment Day
5 june 2021, web editorial staff
“Reimagine, recreate, restore” is the slogan chosen by the UN to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day. An event that aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of caring for ecosystems in order to preserve life on the planet.
Caring for the planet beyond World Environment Day
Urbaser has been firmly committed for years to the protection of biodiversity and the development of sustainable and resilient cities and environments. A commitment that materialises in the diverse projects it promotes for the restoration of ecosystems in the countries where it operates.
With these biodiversity protection programmes, the company aims to foster contact and reconnection between the urban population and nature. Among the ecosystem restoration projects in which Urbaser participates worldwide, the following can be highlighted:
Recovery of the Chapinero ravine in Facatativá (Colombia).
Restoring Colombia’s natural environments is necessary to protect the country’s rich biodiversity. To achieve this, Urbaser has begun a campaign to clean up riverbeds and riverbanks in the country, removing several tonnes of rubbish, debris and solid waste from the bed of the Chapinero ravine in Bogotá.
Green roof in an urban environment at Urbaser Barcelona
The image of cities as grey, asphalt-covered places is changing. And Urbaser is contributing to this with the construction of a large green ecosystem of more than 400 square metres on the roof of one of its buildings located in an industrial area of Barcelona.
Urbaser has created a large ecosystem full of life, which grows and expands beyond the company’s building. It’s also a sustainable roof that respects the ecological and environmental regulations of the city, incorporating a multitude of native fauna and flora, such as nesting boxes for birds and bats, a pond where various species of insects and amphibians coexist… All of this while complying with rigorous biological control at all times.
Eel Falls in the Urdaibai River Network
Thanks to this action promoted by Enviser, a subsidiary of Urbaser, we’re generating an overall improvement in the environmental situation and the existing river communities in the Urdaibai River Network Special Conservation Area.
The activity is part of the Management Plan for the Recovery of the European Eel in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
The design, as well as the location and placement of the paths built, was based on the torrential nature of the stream in which this action is being carried out, as the paths had to be robust to withstand the floods and at the same time guarantee the passage of the eels, both in times of drought and in times of torrential rain.
Beach cleaning in Calafell
Urbaser carries out awareness and sensitisation campaigns to keep Calafell’s beaches clean and free of cigarette butts and microplastics in collaboration with Calafell Town Council and with the collaboration of the restaurants in the area.
The campaigns encouraged tourists to collect cigarette butts and microplastics found on the beach, which they could then exchange for a drink at the beach restaurants. As a result, 474 people participated, collecting a total of 42 kg of waste.
Clean-up operation on the Jordanian coast
On the occasion of World Environment Day, many people want to volunteer to help restore local ecosystems. Urbaser is offering this opportunity on a beach in Jordan, cleaning both the coast and the seabed. This activity focuses on recycling, cleaning and creating public awareness within these natural environments.
The company’s commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reinforced by these biodiversity protection programmes, thus contributing to the implementation of SDGs 14 and 15 thanks to responsible production measures (SDG 12) and the company’s concept of more sustainable and resilient cities and environments (SDG 11). Urbaser thus fulfils its desire to protect biodiversity and promote contact and reconnection of the urban population with nature.