- The French Agency for Biodiversity: a New Model of Public Establishment
The French Agency for Biodiversity is a public institution of the French Ministry of the ecological transition which is part of an original approach of preservation of the biodiversity. By federating the actors and by impelling a collaborative energy, it supports the projects of sustainable development in the territories. It helps to do so by positioning itself as the heart of the network, places the preservation of biodiversity at the heart of environmental education, mobilizes citizens to participate in the reconquest of biodiversity and makes the preservation of our living environment a backdrop for all public policies.
- Transmission line rights-of-way and native pollinators: a compatible duo worth leveraging
Open environments are by no means biological deserts. Many species of plants and animals are associated with these spaces. Since the vegetation found in transmission line rights-of-way includes several species that produce flowers, a wide variety of insects, including pollinators, can be found in these areas.
Hydro-Québec understands the important role pollinators play in supporting several environmental services. The linear configuration of rights-of-way make these spaces ecological corridors, by creating a network of open and interconnected environments. These corridors contribute to the dispersion of pollinators across various natural and semi-natural environments.
The presentation will offer an overview of the key findings from Hydro-Québec’s research program on pollinators.
- Stormwater Retention Basins in a Freeway Environment: Tools for the Renaturalization of the Urban Fabric
Increasingly more stormwater retention basins are being built in urban areas. These structures, which are often located in anthropic and ecologically poor areas, make it possible to restore lost ecological functions, namely by creating areas of biodiversity. Basins that have been or are being built on the territory of the Capitale-Nationale show that the application of simple principles maximizes the environmental value of these structures. Fauna and flora management can result in the creation of productive riparian ecotones and the development of a type of biodiversity typical of certain wetlands. When optimized, these basins reintegrate ecological services that are not offered in vast undeveloped areas to the urban fabric. Basins also contribute to invasive alien species control and ecosystem connectivity in damaged environments.