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European Commission: New In-depth Report on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity
Ecosystems provide a multitude of benefits to humanity, from food to recreation. Within the latest In-depth Report, published by the EU Commission, four core facets of the ecosystem services concept are explored: the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services; techniques for mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services; valuation of ecosystem services and the importance of considering all services; and biodiversity as part of an interconnected system.

Many of the benefits society gets from nature, known as ‘ecosystem services’, are under severe threat from man-made pressures. Decision makers need clear information on how biodiversity underpins these services, the demand for them, the capacity of ecosystems to provide them and the pressures impairing that capacity. 
 
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