By: Maria Gotti | Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing Analyst at Enel | November 28th, 2016

Preserving biodiversity is one of the strategic objectives of Enel’s environmental policy. The Group in fact promotes projects that aim at protecting local species, their natural habitats, and the local ecosystems in general. In 2015, a Group biodiversity policy was adopted defining a number of principles that need to be followed during the selection and execution of projects throughout the value chain. In particular Enel undertakes:

  • Environmental Impact Studies for all new plants which include an assessment of the effects on biotypes and on animal and vegetal species, in order to avoid operating in areas of high natural value, envisaging also the adoption of the best solutions to limit the impact on;
  • Collaboration with local communities, research centers and environmental and local associations to identify biodiversity values and develop studies and projects for their safeguard;
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the measures adopted in order to protect and preserve biodiversity;
  • Regular reports on its performance in relation to biodiversity.

Following the Group’s strategic objectives, in Colombia Enel developed a sustainability initiative for the restoration and protection of 690 hectares of the High Andean forest:  CODENSA - EMGESA RENACE FOREST - NATURAL RESERVE.  This space contributes to the conservation of flora and fauna species native to the Tequendama area, and the preservation of the ecosystems located in the middle and lower basin of the Bogotá River, which include the parks of Chicaque and La Poma.

 

In the Forest we work in collaboration with local and national organizations specialized in conservation and biodiversity that support the company in the planting of native species, and in the research and identification of species of fauna of the region. The Natural Reserve hosts a significant number of native species in the local flora and fauna some of them classified as vulnerable that are facing a moderate risk of extinction.  

In order to enhance a local involvement in the development of the project, Enel promotes the voluntary participation of employees, their families, customers, student groups and local social foundations to engage in the activity. With the aim of raising local awareness on environmental protection and recover the lower and middle basin of the Bogotá River the activities are carried out in partnership with the Corporacion Autonoma Regional de Cundinamarca (CAR).

RESULTS

  • Since 2012 we planted more than 25,000 trees of native species.
  • More than 230 species of flora and fauna species in the Renace Forest were identified, such as: eagles, sloths, nocturnal primates, butterflies, bats, insects, and small frogs. In the case of plant species found include Oak, Orchids and Mano de Oso.
  • Vulnerable animal species have been found in the Forest; that is to say, species facing a moderate risk of extinction in the medium term, such as the Collarejo Lizard, Horned Lizards, Mountain Coaties and Night Monkeys.
  • Species in danger of extinction have been found, including the Cyathea caracasana, considered a living fossil, and the Inca Negro hummingbird.

The High Andean Forest is very important for the local ecosystem, hence its preservation is of high importance for the region. This is the perfect example of engaging the business through employees and local communities in the preservation of the natural resources, hence actively participating to the mitigation of climate change and its impacts.

Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdoX6af4vaI 

VALUE FOR BUSINESS

Maintain the company’s commitment towards climate action by mitigating the impacts of climate change. Follow the Group’s biodiversity policy by nourishing community relations through active stakeholder engagement.

VALUE FOR THE STAKEHOLDERS

Raise environmental awareness and responsibility through workshops, ecological tours and voluntary activities with local stakeholders. Protect the local flora and fauna, identifying vulnerable species as well as ones that are in the process of extinction and working on preserving them. 

 

 

Project Card - Bosque Renace.pdf