Montepino modifies its Ciudad del Transporte project in Guadalajara to provide a place for the sand martin to nest each year

The leading logistics company in Spain paused construction on the site between Guadalajara and Marchamalo this April to encourage the nesting and breeding of this endangered species, which migrates at the end of summer

Both the pausing of the construction works and also the subsequent modifications made to the project are in line with the code of good environmental practices followed by Montepino Logística, which are also in accordance with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

Zaragoza, Monday 31st August 2020

Montepino Logística, one of the largest logistics developers and asset managers in Spain, has made the decision to modify its Ciudad del Transporte project and the Special Infrastructure Plan in the municipalities of Guadalajara and Marchamalo so as to provide an area where a colony of sand martins can nest each year. The sand martin belongs to the swallow family, and is classified as Vulnerable in the Regional Catalogue of Endangered Species in Castilla-La Mancha.

Following the discovery by experts from AUDEMA in the middle of April of this bird in an empty area where construction works were being developed, Montepino Logística, under the supervision of the Environmental Service of Guadalajara, carried out necessary measures to facilitate the 2020 breeding season of this protected species, pausing works around the bird colony and preserving their habitat.

With the objective of encouraging further nesting by this species in this location next year, Montepino Logística will ensure the area is suitable and commits to working with experts who will advise them in how to look after any nesting of this species, should it occur; a task which they have been carrying out over the last few months to work towards the protection of this bird during its breeding season.

This commitment to biodiversity springs from Montepino's sustainability and environmental policy. Montepino follows a strict code of good environmental practices in all its projects, as well as the guidelines of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

"We are especially aware of the need to conserve biodiversity and therefore when we make decisions for our projects, we take the promotion and preservation of these species into account. We know that this is the fifth time this species has nested in the area during breeding season and we want them to continue to be able to nest in this location, so we have redesigned the project to encourage this, in line with good environmental practices and the economic development of the municipalities of Guadalajara and Marchamalo," stated the Head of the Construction Projects department and coordinator of this project, Sergio Asín.

There are several landscaped areas within the logistics platform Montepino is developing, and these are where this bird has decided to nest. Montepino will be providing steep slopes in these areas to encourage the sand martins to nest in them the following year.

The landscaped areas Montepino is creating in its logistics platforms have low water consumptions and feature native vegetation. Similar to the other spaces developed by the logistics company, the creation of these areas always follows strict environmental criteria and ESG policies and they are built within the efficiency and sustainability parameters established by LEED, a prestigious quality seal which is awarded by the US Green Building Council..

The presence of this bird on the construction site for the Ciudad del Transporte is due to the environmental characteristics of the area and the landscapes created by the piles of earth produced during construction. Sand martins dig tunnels in vertical slopes and use these to build their nests, lined with a thin carpet of feathers and grass.

"Sand martins reside on the Peninsula during breeding season. The first arrivals can be observed in the Valle de Henares around the end of March or beginning of April, having spent the winter in Africa. They look for favourable substrata to set up their breeding colonies, often selecting vertical stretches of soft, sandy earth, which are easy for them to burrow into and build their nests," explained Carlos Fernández Calvo, a biologist and Head of the Consulting and Environmental department at AUDEMA, who is responsible for advising Montepino Logística in their monitoring and study of this colony.

"In the middle of May, the colony covered over 350 areas of woodland, with an estimated occupation of 60%," he explained, specifying that "in August and September, sand martins congregate in roosts by rivers and then fly south."

The experts have verified that the colony of sand martins have now abandoned this nesting site and therefore the construction works in this area can continue.

Construction of hubs which do not impact the environment

Montepino Logística follows a strict code of good environmental practices and ESG policies in all its projects. It has thus become the first unlisted company to measure its level of sustainability against international standards through the GRESB programme, which it joined in March 2020. Montepino Logística is reporting results in line with the most demanding sustainability standards, the recommendations of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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