Impermeable paved surfaces of 2,260 square metres, located directly in front of the terminals and the main car park adjacent to the airport, will turn into lawns and rain gardens – informs the Aviation Association of Upper Silesia (GTL), which manages Katowice Airport.
Lawns in the parking lot in front of the stations with an area of 835 square metres, which are now areas of low biodiversity, will also be converted into rain gardens and meadows, thus restoring the original biodiversity.
As part of the investment planned in 2023, green climbing walls and pergolas will also be built in front of the passenger terminals. The solutions applied will reduce the perceived temperature during increased heat waves and increase the safety of the facility in the event of heavy rains and flash floods.
Planned activities at Berzovice Airport are a component of the LIFE Archiclima project, in which, together with Investeko, the European Environmental Responsibility Forum and Investeko Serwis are also involved. All project assumptions submitted to the European Commission by this union have been recognized and subsidized for the years 2021-2025 under the LIFE financial instrument.
Airport model in Katowice before and after the implementation of the Archiclima LIFE project
Science confirms that climate change is occurring with increasing intensity. Archiclima is a project aimed at supporting adaptation to climate change in Poland, says Łukasz Łapiński, LIFE Archiclima Project Director, quoted in the statement. – In recent years, we have become accustomed to recurring dangerous natural phenomena such as heavy rains, urban floods, heat waves, droughts, strong winds and violent storms. The negative effects of these phenomena damage the infrastructure and cause damage to the environment, business and society. Archiclima was created to support property managers and owners from all over Poland in building resilience using nature-based solutions. Sabinski explains that models for illustrative solutions will be developed at the airport to present the opportunities that the Archiclima project presents to managers.
– For many years, when preparing investment projects at Katowice Airport, we have taken care of environmental protection. In the coming years, we will devote more attention to this issue, which is why we have established a collaboration with Investeko. We want the space in front of the infrastructure of Berzovice Airport to be more convenient for passengers and optimally equipped for severe weather phenomena, hence the decision to change its arrangement using nature-based solutions – adds the head of GTL, Artur Tomasek.
LIFE Archiclima is an innovative project in Europe in terms of scope and scope, says the statement. Ultimately, it will be implemented in 32 large-scale facilities. It provides for comprehensive assessments of facilities adaptation to climate change and zoning for necessary and potential adaptation of existing infrastructure using nature-based solutions. A new European system for eco-labelling of climate-resistant facilities, called Resilience, will be introduced. The project culminates with a tailored adaptation plan for each facility with an architectural design that ensures safety and minimizes the infrastructure’s negative impact on the climate.
Nature-based solutions have demonstrated beneficial effects on the health, safety and well-being of people through better air quality, reduced urban heat island impact, and increased number of places for relaxation, recreation, socialization and various activities. In the era of global “concrete”, Archiclima represents a completely opposite approach – it is a multidimensional program to restore nature and introduce life where it does not exist today. Airport implementation. Wojciech Korfantego is to prove to property managers that investing in nature-based solutions is indeed the norm today, which not only responds to challenges related to climate change, but also increases the attractiveness of space.
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