Biodiversity and airports: a living paradox

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Airports are often seen as places where nature is strained and where biodiversity has no place. And yet ... Recent studies come to shake up these ideas. While the carbon footprint of these platforms is at the heart of the debate and the ambitions to reduce this impact are a priority, that does not mean that nature and airports cannot coexist in serenity. On the contrary! And its resilience is astonishing.

The HOP! Biodiversité association, in partnership with the DGAC, has made incredible discoveries at various French airports. Two hundred species of birds, small mammals, endangered reptiles, a multitude of insects, rare butterflies, twenty-four species of bats, a thousand different plants recorded... A fauna and a prolific flora, thought to have disappeared from an area apparently as inhospitable as an airport. This is the surprising discovery of the association that works to preserve these environmental bubbles and closely monitors its evolution, while ensuring the safety of travelers.

Near the Nantes-Atlantique airport, the Grand-Lieu Lake National Nature Park counts nearly 300 species of birds. The bird observatory at Passay observed that the birds remained impassive and led their lives without disturbance below the air corridor used for the approach phases. It has even been observed a constant increase in the population since the 1970s, the commissioning period of the airport.

The airport, in many cases, acts as a buffer zone between human and natural areas, allowing species to develop and sustain their existence without being disturbed by the bustling activity of cities. Optimistic forecasts for the place of the airport in its ecosystem at a time when environmental issues are more than ever at the center of discussions.

Biodiversity and airports: a living paradox

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