Biodiversity & ecosystem services

Biodiversity and a healthy biosphere is the fundament for all life on Earth - therefore it's of great value. We are specialized in biodiversity and ecosystem services in all scales and contexts. With our interdisciplinary approach, we design spaces and cities for life.

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Line Agnes Bjørløw Skjærlund

Head of Business Development, Associate Partner

SLA helps companies, municipalities, governments, and citizens improve the state of biodiversity. We combine wide knowledge of species and ecosystems, with hands-on experience in the realization and maintenance of city nature.

We offer visionary strategies of how the empower biodiversity in neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Our biologists, MSc’s in Forest and Nature Management, environmental economists, and park- and garden engineers offer guidance in empowering biodiversity and boosting natural ecosystem services in various contexts and conditions.

We analyze biodiversity and nature foundations for public and private stakeholders, giving a clear understanding of the biodiversity baseline and quality of nature.

We register trees and offer green cover analysis to provide our clients with quantitative and tangible knowledge of the existing ecosystem services.

We design biodiverse ecosystems and nature-based solutions to improve living conditions for all.

We offer a tentative value estimate of the new nature to give our clients an insight into the potential environmental, social, and economical gains pre-realization. We use internationally recognized and approved software systems to calculate the value gain.

And finally, we monitor the biodiversity for our clients, post-realization.



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Rasmus Astrup: 'City Nature' - The 2022 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Lecture

In spring 2022, SLA partner and design principal Rasmus Astrup was invited to give the annual Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Lecture by the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

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City Nature
A definition

City nature is not just a whim of fashion. A completely new form of nature in the city is what can best, cheapest and fastest clean up all the mess  we have created for the planet with our built order, says Stig L. Andersson.

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The Values of Nature:
A Need for a New Driver of Urban Development

Imagine your quality of life being just as dependent on urban development as on social media. What would that lead to?  The answer to that question depends on the drivers of urban development. 

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Essay: The Bark Room

“Bark is both living and dead, growing and cracking, a shell, a protective layer and an integral part of the wood’s tissue. It’s the bark structure and the way it peels, which separates the different…

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“Atmosphere is a thin film of enclosure around our world. Without our vaporous, water filled atmosphere, life on Earth – or indeed life anywhere – would not exist. But atmosphere is also what you sense…

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Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air. Physically, it is an example of a dispersion. It is most commonly seen where warm, moist air meets sudden cooling, such as…

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– The Book of Garden

Sakuteki – The Book of Garden is a manual, a textbook for Japanese gardeners in the 11th century. This introduction sounds like this: “In making the garden, you should first understand the overall principles. According…

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“Sound. The soundtrack of our lives often passes us by without us noticing. But I have begun noticing the poetry of the noises around me. The rhythm and the song of the poet. The calling…

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“A tree consists of three parts: Its foliage, its trunk, and its roots. All three parts are important for the aesthetic feeling of nature. But of these three I find the roots most intriguing, most…

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“In the beginning was chaos. While the universe began to expand after Big Bang it also decreased in temperature. It became more and more ordered. With that order, the Universe changed its background colour toward…

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