Sponsored by Eiffage, the Athenas Lynx Protection Center has solid foundations for its extension

22.08.2018
Sponsored by Eiffage, the Athenas Lynx Protection Center has solid foundations for its extension

On the occasion of the annual event of the Athenas center, in Jura, Eiffage collaborators could to see the progress of construction work on a new animal reception building run by a local company. They are following the earthworks carried out during the last year by Forézienne d'Entreprises, a subsidiary of Eiffage, as part of a sponsorship.

Sunday, August 19 was the annual event of the Athenas Center, the only French Center authorized to capture and release lynx. This center based for 31 years in the small village of L’Etoile, not far from Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura’s department, receives wounded animals from the cities, departments or neighbouring regions. Each year, more than 2500 animals of more than 150 different species, including the Boreal Lynx, are welcomed with a peak in summer.
Facing more and more receptions, the center had for project to enlarge but also to modernize its installations. In 2016, the decision was made to use sponsorship to finance this long-planned project. Eiffage, has committed itself through a skills sponsorship by mobilizing its earthworks’ subsidiary Forézienne d’Entreprises based in Saint-Etienne.
The earthworks consisted of creating a path and a platform to accommodate a semi-open wooden building for the animals collected. Eventually, it will accommodate many more individuals than currently with facilities that meet the necessary modernization of infrastructure, most of them are over 30 years.
Sunday, August 19 was the annual event of the Athenas center, the only French center authorized to capture and release lynx. This center based for 31 years in the small village of L’Etoile, not far from Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura’s department, receives wounded animals from the cities, departments or neighbouring regions. Each year, more than 2500 animals of more than 150 different species, including the Boreal Lynx, are welcomed with a peak in summer.
Facing more and more receptions, the center had for project to enlarge but also to modernize its installations. In 2016, the decision was made to use sponsorship to finance this long-planned project. Eiffage, has committed itself through a skills sponsorship by mobilizing its earthworks’ subsidiary Forézienne d’Entreprises based in Saint-Etienne.
The earthworks consisted of creating a path and a platform to accommodate a semi-open wooden building for the animals collected. Eventually, it will accommodate many more individuals than currently with facilities that meet the necessary modernization of infrastructure, most of them are over 30 years.
 
Today, the earthworks are completed and the building is under construction. A new agreement signed between Eiffage and Athenas for the year 2018-2019 will finance part of the interior fittings. This agreement is part of Eiffage’s commitment in the national Biodiversity Strategy.
 
The inauguration of the extension is planned for the end of 2018. Eiffage is the second sponsor of this project, with 22%
 
For more information, please contact Clément Bourge, DDDIT - clement.bourge@eiffage.com