Hives on the port territory

The installation of hives in the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris helps maintain the biodiversity of port and natural areas.
- Territorial Department of Le Havre

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HAROPA installs hives on its ports

As part of their environmental policy, HAROPA - Port de Rouen and HAROPA - Port du Havre are launching a partnership with the integration association "Interm' Aide Emploi" to set up hives on their territory, while HAROPA - Ports de Paris is renewing for three years a partnership agreement with the National Union of French Apiculture. These collaborations illustrate HAROPA's commitment to protect biodiversity.

In April 2016, HAROPA - Port de Rouen and HAROPA - Port du Havre set up twelve hives in the heart of their port areas. Six hives were placed within the Rouen port area in a former dredging sediment deposition chamber, located in the commune of Moulineaux, about fifteen kilometres south of Rouen. Six other hives are located in the industrial-port area of the port of Le Havre, south of the Grand Canal, near the multi-bulk terminal. The selected host sites are natural areas that have the advantage of being out of the way, shaded, enclosed and offering a great diversity of honey plants.


  • For Régis Soenen, Director of Territorial Development and Environment at the Port of Rouen, "the installation of hives, initiated in 2015, is in line with the ecological management and biodiversity conservation actions implemented by the Port of Rouen as manager of 2,700 ha of natural spaces: recreation of wetlands, development of ecological corridors, shoreline greening, etc. This action thus complements a vast programme for the recreation of natural habitats that began 10 years ago in the upstream port area, with the objective of creating an ecological network offering shelter and cover to many species."
  • In the port district of Le Havre, several hundred hectares of green spaces constitute an important biodiversity reserve. "For several years", recalls Pascal Galichon, Director of Environment and Planning at the Port of Le Havre, "the management of these areas has been the subject of a rigorous approach in order to limit the impacts on the environment and promote the preservation of biodiversity. One example is our differentiated management, which consists in limiting the amount of mowing while allowing natural vegetation to develop. Let us also mention the provision of land for haymaking to farmers, the experimentation of alternative methods to the use of phytosanitary products and the implementation of ecological management plans on several sites such as the Espace Préservé. »

By placing hives in the heart of industrial port areas, the Normandy ports and "Happy culture citadine" allow bees to integrate into this fabric and raise public awareness of their protection, which remains, beyond the world of beekeepers, a major environmental and economic challenge.

HAROPA - Port de Paris has renewed the partnership agreement signed in 2013 with the National Union of French Beekeeping (UNAF) as part of the "Bees, Sentinels of the Environment" programme. The ports of Bonneuil-sur-Marne (94) and Gennevilliers (92) have six hives each (including three educational hives) operated by UNAF and organise APIDAYS, days of educational presentation to the public. More recently, the port of Limay-Porcheville (78) has joined the movement with three hives.

These HAROPA initiatives are in line with the actions implemented for several years by the three ports of the Seine axis in their natural spaces in order to preserve biodiversity. In particular, they led to it being named "Best Green Port in the World" in 2015 by readers of Cargo News Asia.

Bees, the first workers for biodiversity, are in danger

Currently, more than 80% of our plant environment is fertilized by bees, which play a major role as pollinators. Nearly 40% of our food (fruit, vegetables, oilseeds, etc) depends exclusively on the pollinating action of bees. However, today, bees are threatened by profound environmental changes due in particular to inappropriate agricultural practices (misuse of increasingly toxic plant protection products, monoculture, etc).