Today, Husqvarna, a pioneering leader in sustainable green space management solutions, proudly unveils its latest innovation: the Urban Biodiversity Alert view.
With this revolutionary digital service, cities worldwide will gain insights into their urban ecosystems, paving the way for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable future.
The new Biodiversity Alert feature allows cities to pinpoint areas to protect and further develop to boost urban biodiversity. Cities can also use the tool to identify vital connectors between these areas to allow for the migration of species.
The information and maps provided help cities to understand where new connectors can be formed and through this focus their efforts on greening where the highest biodiversity values can be achieved.
“Using Ai-analysis of Satellite images we will be able to assess the biodiversity potential and connectivity in global cities on a macro level. It will all be available on our urban green space monitoring service called HUGSI.green at the end of November”, said Erik Swan, Director, Digital Business Exploration at Husqvarna.
Bridging the Biodiversity Gap
In an era where urbanisation continues to reshape our world, the importance of preserving and enhancing urban biodiversity has never been more critical. Husqvarna recognises this urgency and is thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking solution that empowers cities to assess, track, and boost their urban biodiversity.
On the contrary to what many believe; rich biodiverse ecosystems can exist in cities. By recognising and working actively to preserve and expand urban ecosystem services and biodiversity cities get help boosting climate-change mitigation and adaptation.
To understand biodiversity in cities you need to assess the quantity and quality of green space as well as the degree to which different areas are connected to each other.
- As a rule of thumb larger green areas are better than smaller areas for biodiversity – a decrease in area will decrease biodiversity.
- Areas with a quality of green space close to that of natural areas (predominantly native species and natural ecosystems) will harbor more species than human-altered.
- Greater connectivity and fewer barriers will support biodiversity by creating a larger interconnected living space for various species.
New Urban Biodiversity KPIs added to HUGSI.green
To make vital measurements of urban biodiversity potential, Husqvarna has developed the following new KPIs that will be made available to all cities part of HUGSI.green.
- Nature potential score – the degree to which nature has a foothold in the city.
- Nature connectivity score – the degree to which natural areas are connected to each other.
- Biodiversity indicator score – a combined score of nature potential and nature connectivity.
Annual monitoring of the cities, using data from satellites, allows Husqvarna to highlight the loss of areas important for biodiversity as well as indicate broken connections between such land.
“With the introduction of this new Biodiversity Alert feature to HUGSI.green we hope to bring vital data to municipalities committed to actively manage and grow their urban biodiversity”, says Erik Swan, Director, Digital Business Exploration at Husqvarna.
Learn more about HUGSI.green at https://www.hugsi.green
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