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April 23, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Voies Navigables de France nominated for European Business Awards for the Environment

Voies Navigables de France (VNF), the French partner in Waterways Forward, has been shortlisted in the Business & Biodiversity category of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 – nominated for restoring French waterways embankments with an ecological engineering approach.

The awards are made for successfully combining innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.  The winners will be announced in Brussels on 24 May 2012, during Green Week, the European Commission’s annual conference on environment policy.  VNF have been proposed for the Business and Biodiversity Award  – one of 5 awards rewarding businesses for management practices, eco-friendly products, sustainable processes, international business cooperation and – most recently – activities which protect biodiversity.

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VNF has developed an ecological engineering approach to restore, maintain and consolidate the embankments using natural materials such as plants, wood and alternative techniques to enable biodiversity and ecological restoration.  VNF has been experimenting for almost ten years and has acquired an experience that allows adaption to different hydro morphological conditions.  Ecological monitoring is an efficient tool to confirm the environmental benefits of natural materials. This engineering approach is being used in the North-East basin of French waterway network.  For further information contact anthony.petitprez@vnf.fr

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “To prosper in resource-constrained world, our economies must become more efficient in their use of natural resources. The Awards show that this is possible. They reward companies that are making the best possible use of resources throughout their life cycle to create as much economic value and as little environmental impact as possible.”

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