Since it was founded in 2013, HOP! began a project that led to HOP! Biodiversity being created in 2015 at the Paris Air Show.
Beyond industrial zones, airports and their runways are surrounded by natural areas of greenery, old aviation fields and sometimes plots of regulated crop-growing. These zones are closed off and protected from many human activities for safety reasons. Yet the biodiversity fostered by these spaces should be taken into account, weighed up and enhanced: it can improve everyone’s well-being.
Participative schemes form the scientific method chosen to address these issues of biodiversity, especially those developed by France’s national natural history museum as part of its Vigie Nature programme of biodiversity-aware volunteers. These initiatives bring about a better understanding of biodiversity at airports and impart knowledge of biodiversity to airport staff.
The schemes are open to all members of staff from our different partners who are willing to join the programme. For example, wildlife protection officers, aviation zone managers, heads of green-space maintenance, air traffic controllers, firefighters and customer-service assistants have got involved in the programme to help produce more detailed results.