Biological diversity (biodiversity) is a vital component of healthy, well-functioning ecosystems.
Recent research has shown that ‘the well-being of every human population in the world is fundamentally and directly dependent on ecosystem services’. However, in the UK, 39% of habitats and 27% of ‘priority species’ are in decline, with some showing accelerated deterioration.
Our built environment has the potential to have a major negative impact on biodiversity. However, if done sensitively, the development and refurbishment of buildings can in fact increase the ecological value of a site. There is a growing body of research which suggests that access to biodiversity and green spaces is valuable to individuals, businesses and communities. (2009) by the UK Green Building Council.