4. Let nature do the work
Water and vegetation in Stockholm Royal Seaport play a key role in the social, economic, and ecological development of the area. Through intelligent design, blue and green structures can fulfil multiple functions, contribute to synergy effects, and provide ecosystem services. This offers opportunities in terms of recreation and attractiveness values that contribute to improved health and wellbeing.
The local climate is improved, and the effects of coming climate change reduced; meanwhile biodiversity increases, and dispersal zones strengthened, making the city more resilient to future challenges. Furthermore, food cultivation at scale in the area can contribute to local food production.
This strategy contributes to the fulfilment of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The strategy contributes to meeting the global goals:
4.1 Create and strengthen ecosystem services
The film shows how floods can be prevented in Stockholm Royal Seaport. With the help of green roofs, ditches and plant beds, the rainwater collects and slows down the flow and reduces the risk of flooding.
– The buildings need to be able to receive a lot of rain. It is easier to plan parks and water spaces from the beginning when buildings are newly built, says Staffan Lorentz, Head of Development Stockholm Royal Seaport, Stockholm City Development Administration. News article and movie clip: SVT News (only in Swedish)
One of the rain gardens on Madängsgatan in Stockholm Royal Seaport during the heavy rain in June 2021, which met SMHI’s (the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) definition of torrential rain with over 50 millimeters of rain in one hour. Film: Fredrik Ohls, Sweco
In 2020, a residents survey was conducted to gain better understanding and knowledge of how outdoor environments such as residential courtyards and roof terraces are experienced. A total of more than 300 people participated. Eighty per cent felt that the courtyards worked well and more than 60 per cent believe that they met households’ needs based on how they wanted to use them. However, courtyards were perceived to work less well for young people, while they work best for small children. The survey also shows that courtyards’ main uses are play and socialising.
More than half of respondents said they feel that vegetation in courtyards is part of the climate transition to reduce floods in the area and that vegetation, flower plant beds and grass areas are among the most liked characteristics of courtyards. Results of the survey are being used to update the Green Space Index.
The 2019 residents survey shows that 68 per cent of residents are satisfied with the outdoor environment in their courtyard areas. Eight-seven per cent are satisfied with the area’s outdoor environment and 84 per cent visit parks and nature areas on a daily basis or several times a week.
|4.1 Utilise ecosystem services to build a resilient and healthy urban environment||Updated Green Space Index. |
93% property developers fulfil GSI.
14 hectares of green spaces such as green oases, green roofs, and courtyards have been created to date.
100% of dwellings have access to park and nature areas within 200 metres.
Watch the film (only in Swedish) about protected larger and smaller water salamanders that lived in a pond by the oil tanks in Loudden. Click on Public open spaces – Natural values and dispersal linkages for more information.
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- 14 hectares of green spaces including green oases, green roofs and courtyards have been laid.
- 26,400m² green roofs and 47,300m² courtyards have been built.
- All residents have a park within 200 metres.