No Net Loss City

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Ecological compensations refer to measures that compensate the lost biodiversity in one location with at least equivalent biodiversity gains in another. The No Net Loss City project introduces the first model for ecological compensations for land use planning in municipalities. The model is tested and developed with cities of Jyväskylä, Lahti, Espoo and Helsinki. In addition to biodiversity, the integrated model also considers the recreational values of residents and the social acceptability of the compensations.

The project will lead to a framework and a set of tools for implementing ecological compensations as a part of land use planning in Finnish municipalities. Novel scientific methods will also enable the framework to consider recreational values and social acceptability. The first stage of the project in 2021-2022 will include two pilot studies, and they’ll be conducted in Lahti and Jyväskylä. The data and experiences from them will then be used to prepare the model for all municipalities.

The first stage is funded by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and it will be implemented by a research consortium led by University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki and the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. Other participants are the cities of Jyväskylä, Lahti, Helsinki and Espoo, and also the Association of Finnish Municipalities. Akordi assists with the designing the model and in the implementation of the pilot studies.

Jonna Kangasoja
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
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