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Hippolyte Pouchelle
Ingénieur écologue, Egis
Published on July 27, 2020

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Landboost to the rescue of urban biodiversity

Landboost. This is the name of the new solution imagined by Egis and tested by Icade to restore biodiversity in cities. Its principle? Equipping the urban environment with habitat modules to encourage the development and reproduction of species.

The city has become an excessively mineral environment in which species are struggling to survive. Urban development creates sterile areas where biodiversity is banished. Only opportunistic species (rats, pigeons, cockroaches, etc.) remain, finding shelter and food among the waste produced by man. Encouraging the return of nature to the city is not only an ecological issue, but one of public health! Moreover, it is scientifically accepted that nature plays a notorious role in the well-being and health of populations. So why miss out?

What we are aiming for with Landboost is purely and simply restoring the ecological functions that are essential to the biological cycle of species: nesting, hibernation, wintering, larval development, summer shelter, etc. Reintroducing all of these functions in the city, by providing a greater accommodation capacity thanks to modular devices that support themselves or lean against existing structures, encourages the return of species and their adaptation to the urban environment.

In the Greater Grenoble area, Landboost has been used to "boost" the interface between the A480 urban expressway infrastructure and the river Drac (a tributary of the river Isère) by adding ecological functions to noise barriers.

Self-standing Landboost module, in a wooded environment.

 

Successful launch for Landboost at Rungis!

The Parc Icade Paris Orly-Rungis hosts the very first Landboost operational module. This urban wildlife reception system, invented by Egis, benefited from the experience of Seaboost teams (Egis group) for its design. Produced in 3D printing by our partner XtreeE, this Totem module responds efficiently, quickly and economically to Icade's desire to promote biodiversity on one of its largest tertiary sites (58 ha), located 7 km from the capital. A welcome boost to the return of nature to the city for this place of life, business and exchanges at the service of users.

Photo (from right to left): Joffrey Capet (Seaboost), Victor De Bono (XtreeE), Hippolyte Pouchelle (Egis), Eric Landeau (Icade), Manuel Aires (SLBG maçonnerie).

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