We offer our services in a broad environmental areas:
- Biodiversity Lab. Biodiversity is organized at various levels, from communities and constituent species to genomes and genes. This diversity and its evolution are influenced by ecological opportunities and natural and sexual selection. Our lab consists of evolutionary biologists who study biodiversity, its complexity and interactions at various organizational levels, the selective processes that shape them, and the means to preserve biodiversity in temperate regions.
- Timber Lab: A consultancy unit offers a full range of services for structural engineering and timber constructions: structural analysis, diagnostic, in-situ tests and inspections, custom softwares development. In collaboration with the Associations of Engineers and Architects, Timber lab offers comprehensive training courses, which are aimed at educating designers and technical personnel about analysis and modeling of timber structures.
- Sustainable forestry: It is our objective to work towards improved forest governance and law enforcement and, ultimately, the sustainable management of the forests, as a means of realising their potential to support the eradication of poverty and contribute to sustainable, inclusive development.
- Pastures. Grasslands cover a very large portion of the earth’s surface and are important as a feed source for livestock, as a habitat for wildlife, for environmental protection and for the in-situ conservation of plant genetic resources. In both developed and developing countries, many millions of livestock farmers, ranchers and pastoralists depend on grasslands and conserved products such as hay and silage and on a range of fodder crops for their livelihoods. Rapid increases in human and livestock populations have contributed to increased pressures on the world’s grasslands, particularly in arid and semi-arid environments.
- Urban Design. We experience cities at many different scales, from singular buildings and spaces to neighborhoods and entire districts. This variety in the human experience of cities is why we are seeking to regenerate urban centers to create socially, environmentally, and technologically connected places for people. Connections are a key element to building communities that are lasting and adapt over time — incorporating a broad range of considerations that include context, site, culture, history, and knowledge.
- Urban Property Management. We offer a wide range of property management services, ensuring that all of your property needs are met. Our expertise spans from pre-development consultation to full-service property management, construction, installations and maintenance services. We aim to offer our clients a high-end service and peace of mind in knowing that their property investments are in good and capable hands. Our management expertise are refined by our dedication, quality workmanship, integrity, reliability and passion, which we continuously develop to ensure quality and efficiency of operations.
- Municipal solid waste (MSW) is the bulk of the waste that is created by household, industrial, and commercial activity. Our laboratory aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so we will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model where waste is considered as resource and reintegrated in the urban flow. The project will develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive waste prevention and management strategies in cities with high levels of tourism in order to reduce the urban waste production and improve municipal waste management.
- Recycling: The waste hierarchy refers to the “3 Rs” Reduce, Reuse and Recycle which classifies waste management strategies according to their desirability in terms of waste minimization. Urban waste represents a largely untapped source of recyclable materials for production, reusable goods as well as a source of both heat and electricity when properly utilised in efficient waste-to-energy plants. Along with the numerous environmental and health issues caused by our consumption and disposal patterns, this must be addressed to help shape the liveable and sustainable cities of tomorrow.
- A “Green economy” is defined as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. In a green economy, growth in employment and income are driven by public and private investment into such economic activities, infrastructure and assets that allow reduced carbon emissions and pollution, enhanced energy and resource efficiency, and prevention of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The two main areas for the current work on Green Economy are:
1) Advocacy of macro-economic approach to sustainable economic growth through regional, sub-regional and national fora
2) Demonstration of Green Economy approaches with a central focus on access to green finance, technology and investments
- Soil contamination is caused by the presence of xenobiotics (human-made) chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment. It is typically caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals or improper disposal of waste. Assessing the ecological risk of contaminated soil, pesticide application, sewage sludge amendment, and other human activities leading to exposure of the terrestrial environment to hazardous substances is a complicated task with numerous associated problems. In our laboratory, we try to answer the following questions:
1). How to determine the ecological risk assessment of the soil
2). To what extent do soil screening levels (over)estimate risk
- Agricultural residues are carbon-based materials generated as a byproduct during the harvesting and processing of agricultural crops. Agricultural residues which are produced during harvesting are primary or field-based residues while those produced along with the product during processing are secondary or processed based residues. They are usually fibrous, low in nitrogen and vary with geographical location. Process residues offer high prospect as an energy source. Chemical composition of any crop residue varies depending on several factors among, which may include species, age of residue or period of harvest, physical composition including length of storage and harvesting practices.
- The ‘Blue Economy’ is an emerging concept which encourages better stewardship of our ocean or ‘blue’ resources. The blue economy goes beyond viewing the ocean economy solely as a mechanism for economic growth. In the ‘business-as-usual’ model, large-scale industrial nations have seen the development of their ocean economies through the exploitation of maritime and marine resources – for example through shipping, commercial fishing, and the oil, gas, minerals and mining industries – often without a view to the effects their activities have on the future health or productivity of those same resources.
- Coastal Ecology. Coastal ecology Lab protects and restores ocean and coastal ecosystems by promoting watershed-based management, preventing aquatic pollution, managing ocean dumping sites, assessing coastal conditions, establishing effective partnerships and facilitating community-led science-based efforts. These programs help to ensure clean and safe waters that sustain human health, the environment and the economy.
- Remote Sensing for Coastal and Ocean Applications. This lab offers of remote sensing for coastal and ocean applications. This will include a background in aquatic remote sensing, data access and tools for processing and analyzing imagery, and examples and live demonstrations of applied science tools.
- Maritime Transport has been a catalyst for economic development and prosperity throughout its history. Maritime Transport enables trade and contacts between all European nations. It ensures the security of supply of energy, food and commodities and provides the main vehicle for European imports and exports to the rest of the world. Overall, maritime industries are an important source of employment and income for the European economy.
- Marine Biodiversity. Marine biodiversity is an aggregation of highly inter-connected ecosystem components or features, encompassing all levels of biological organization from genes, species, populations to ecosystems, with the diversity of each level having structural and functional attributes. Further, marine biodiversity, or any of its components, can be assessed at various temporal or spatial scales. A conceptual model of marine biodiversity and its interpretation therefore depends on the questions being asked, which of the different components are emphasized, and the information and understanding available, especially of the connectivity and feedbacks in the system.