Many plants and animals are dependent on free-flowing, unpolluted water. However, many water bodies have not achieved a good ecological or chemical status according to the EU’s Water Framework Directive. Water can be influenced by many sources, such as sewage works, industry and agriculture. Good quality water is not only important for biodiversity, but also for people, since we use it as a source of drinking water and fish.
Many species are threatened by extinction, and loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental threats of the 21st century. Globally, several species become extinct every day as a result of human activities such as climate change, fragmentation of the landscape and industrial pollution. EnviroPlanning can assess the conservation value of an area in terms of its biodiversity and presence of protected species, and suggest suitable actions for reducing impact and conserving or improving its environmental status. We carry out single assessments as well as commissioned research projects.
Infrastructure development and construction risks harming the natural and cultural environment. It is, however, possible to develop the built environment with less environmental impact. For example, roads can be constructed in a way that enables wildlife to pass safely, minimizing the risk of local extinction caused by creating barriers to wildlife. Another example is dealing with runoff water without harming river fish. The planning and construction of the built environment has impacts on both humans and the environment. EnviroPlanning is experienced in dealing with both the planning and execution of urban planning and infrastructure projects.
We are surrounded by chemicals, in everything from shampoo and clothes to tarmac and concrete. Responsible management of chemicals is needed to avoid harm to humans or the environment. To attain this, chemicals may have to be substituted, new methods chosen or waste water treatment improved. A sound knowledge of chemicals is required to decide what actions need to be taken. Likewise, a sound knowledge of the ecosystem at risk is required to safeguard the environment. We have considerable experience in developing criteria for suppliers and finding alternatives with less environmental impact.