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Biodiversity Protection & Enhancement

Protecting and restoring our ecosystems and promoting ‘built-in’ biodiversity in urban areas is vital for sustaining life and plays a major role in the fight against climate change. Here, our Sweco experts focus on some of the key issues, challenges, and the solutions open to us through eco-centric planning and design.


Biological diversity is the wealth of variation among living organisms and includes, in addition to diversity of species, variation within species and of entire ecosystems. More species create stable and functioning ecosystems and contribute to a stable climate. Climate change means that the world’s ecosystems are gradually changing, which also changes processes, functions and ecosystem services.

At Sweco, we work to promote biodiversity in a variety of ways. This involves, among other things, planning ecosystem services in our cities, working with green and blue-green infrastructure, making natural value inventories, contributing to sustainable wildlife management and developing action plans against foreign invasive species. We’re therefore leading the conversation – and action – when it comes to biodiversity and ecological enhancement…


Sustainability Goal 15: Ecosystems and biodiversity

The global goals for sustainable development were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 with the aim of leading the world towards peaceful and sustainable development and are valid until 2030. Goal 15 is about protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of land-based ecosystems, sustainably farming forests , combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt the loss of biodiversity.

Meeting humanity’s needs for food, energy, water, minerals and raw materials without harming biodiversity and ensuring sustainable use of ecosystem services is a crucial challenge for our survival. Terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains provide habitats for millions of species while purifying air and water.

Read our guide to this and other UNSDG goals

Sweco’s environmental, climate, ecology and carbon experts work across all sectors, providing all the services you require to truly make your company, development or services sustainable – browse our services below and contact us for a discussion or quote today.