Ecosystem Services Definition
What are Ecological Services or Ecosystem Services?Ecological Services (also Ecosystem Services) are the physical, chemical or biological functions that one natural resource provides for another or to humans. Ecosystem services provide clean drinking water and the decomposition of wastes. While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem services implicitly for decades, the ecosystem services concept itself was popularized by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in the early 2000s. This grouped ecosystem services into four broad categories: provisioning, such as the production of food and water; regulating, such as the control of climate and disease; supporting, such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and cultural, such as spiritual and recreational benefits. To help inform decision-makers, many ecosystem services are being assigned economic values. In the case of bees as pollinators, for example, the economic value is massive.
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Find more definitions in the Brownfield Listings Terminology and discover all the tags you can use to best describe the conditions on your property—or tag as experience on your Profile—in the BL Taxonomy.