PFA joins forces with Copenhagen Municipality to increase biodiversity

23 May 2024

Biodiversity must be strengthened in Copenhagen. That is why PFA joins a large number of landowners and the Municipality of Copenhagen in a new partnership for biodiversity. The signing of the agreement takes place in connection with the UN’s Biodiversity Day.

Biodiversity must be strengthened in Copenhagen. That is why PFA joins a large number of landowners and the Municipality of Copenhagen in a new partnership for biodiversity. The signing of the agreement takes place in connection with the UN’s Biodiversity Day.

Biodiversity must have better conditions in the city. All Copenhageners must have good access to nature, and knowledge about biodiversity must be strengthened. These are the visions behind the partnership agreement that PFA and 18 other landowners have entered into with Copenhagen Municipality today.

“Properties have a major impact on the surroundings, and in urban areas nature is very often crowded into the background. As one of Denmark’s largest real estate investors, we therefore have a large and important task to undertake in relation to providing more space for biodiversity and wild nature by, for example, converting lawns into areas with native flowers, shrubs and herbs. At PFA, we are happy to join the collaboration with the Municipality of Copenhagen, where we work together for more biodiversity in the city and share knowledge and experiences,” says Peter Morgan, property manager at PFA.

Covers over 40 percent of Copenhagen

The agreement must be a driving force for the existing biodiversity in the city to be preserved and improved at the same time that new biodiversity is created across municipal, public, state and private land in the city. Together, Copenhagen Municipality and the 19 landowners who are part of the agreement control over 40 per cent. of Copenhagen’s entire land area.

“If we are to ensure that Copenhagen is also a green city in the future, where Copenhageners have access to urban nature and where biodiversity has good conditions, then it is absolutely crucial that we act together. That’s why I’m happy on behalf of nature and proud that so many actors responsible for the city’s land are today joining forces to increase biodiversity in the city. It’s about thinking about biodiversity in everything from the development of new urban areas to renovation and new construction on the city’s existing sites,” says Lord Mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.

PFA is in full swing

The agreement will, among other things, screen areas in Copenhagen for special potential in order to improve the conditions of biodiversity. The screening is initiated before the summer holidays, and with it the Municipality of Copenhagen and the landowners get concrete recommendations and an overview of where they can improve biodiversity, create better coherence across cadastral divisions or create more green corridors. The parties must also prepare a baseline for their areas so that the development of biodiversity can be monitored.

“The partnership is a natural extension of the work that we are currently rolling out on our property portfolio across the country. In collaboration with external consultants, we have mapped the biodiversity potential on all our properties, and are now assessing which specific actions need to be initiated,” says Peter Morgan.

The partnership also focuses on sharing knowledge and inspiration about biodiversity. This happens through annual partnership meetings, where the agreement’s results, efforts and best practice are presented and discussed, just as a professional biodiversity network is also established, where inspiration and knowledge is shared across the landowners.

Source: PFA
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