Papeteries du Léman committee agrees to examine program to achieve more eco-friendly management of the site's natural areas

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Papeteries du Léman committee agrees to examine program to achieve more eco-friendly management of the site's natural areas

September 20, 2012 - 01:24
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Thonon-LES-BAINS, France, Sept. 20, 2012 (Press Release) -The findings of the Biodiversity Audit conducted by Gondwana in Q1 2012 have been presented to the Papeteries du Léman committee.

After reviewing its recommendations, the committee agreed to examine an initiative programme to achieve more eco-friendly management of the site's natural areas (accounting for 75%) and to eliminate all abnormal practices, in a spirit of conciliation between biodiversity, safety and corporate image vis-à-vis its clients and partners.

Among the planned actions, conducting qualitative and quantitative inventories, fauna and flora studies to identify and classify species found onsite - those that are protected, threatened, rare, invasive, etc., and to define a point of reference for evaluating improvements in the future.

Some actions advocated by Gondwana, however, cannot be carried out, mainly for safety reasons. The agency has therefore recommended that a damaged hedgerow be renewed; it was decided that it would be replaced by a fence, a greater deterrent against possible incursions on the site. Gondwana also recommended that the frequency of maintaining the fields and lawns be reduced through delayed mowing. That would not be possible in areas that must remain easily accessible to visitors; for example, the areas adjacent to the treatment plant or to the PCC satellite.

Above all, PDL remains an industrial site, with its constraints and requirements relating especially to safety and image issues. Bolloré Thin Papers goal will therefore be preservation; that is, efforts will be taken to not degrade the biodiversity on-site, by eliminating any practices that could harm it.

Bolloré Thin Papers

Founded in 1920 and run by Managing Director Philippe Agut, Bolloré Thin Papers has a capacity of 95,000 tonnes. With an annual turnover of €121.5 million in 2011, Bolloré Thin Papers exported 70% of its production to more than 50 countries.

Bolloré Thin Papers's lightweight papers are manufactured in France on sites at Thonon-les-Bains - PDL (Papeteries du Léman) and Laval-sur-Vologne - PDV (Papeteries des Vosges).