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. Download issue.