Viparis eliminates use of pesticides at its venues

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Viparis eliminates use of pesticides at its venues

French venue manager and organiser Viparis has strengthened its commitment to biodiversity, by eliminating the use of pesticides.

The company’s venues include a total of 300,000sqm of green spaces, and the new commitment will help ensure a more eco-friendly approach to managing them. Viparis has also installed beehives and bird houses at some sites, and planted green roofs on certain of pavilions.

The company adopted a Biodiversity Charter in 2019, the goals of which were to increase the presence of flora and fauna, manage green spaces in an environmentally friendly manner, and inform the general public as well as employees through participatory, educational initiatives.

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, one of Viparis’ venues, is also set to have a 14,000sqm urban farm on the roof of its Pavilion 6 (pictured top). This will be the world’s largest rooftop urban farm, offering a range of activities starting in spring 2020.

Audrey Montécatine, Human Resources and CSR Director, commented: “Viparis manages 300,000sqm of green spaces at its venues and is committed to maintaining them in an environmentally respectful manner.

“In January we halted the use of pesticides to make more room for living things and restore urban biodiversity. Our Better Events 2030 strategy includes significant commitments, and are proud to work with our service providers towards a more sustainable city and events.”

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.