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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Alexandra Vindfeld Hansen

Head of sLAB, Landscape Architect MDL

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.

 

Perspectives

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City nature is not nature

“City nature is not nature. City nature is something we humans design to solve the urban problems we have created ourselves. City Nature is about correcting 1,000 years of urban delusions that have separated the built and the grown (…)” says design director and partner, Stig L. Andersson, in this debate post, where he commends the government’s proposal to demand more and better city nature.

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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 six most important things to know about butterfly habitats

The butterflies are in decline worldwide. In Denmark alone, every fourth butterfly is endangered. This is a result of the lack of habitats and pronounced use of pesticides and fertilizers following the intense agricultural use in the open landscape. However, cities have great potential to become oases of biodiversity, as it is easier to assign space and create suitable habitats for biodiversity in urban environments. This article introduces the six most important landscape and design parameters that must be considered if the butterfly is to be attracted as a permanent resident or frequent visitor.

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Fundamentals

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Mist

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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White

“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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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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Roots

“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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Atmosphere

“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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Sakuteiki
– 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

“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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