Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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Special Announcement from Kate on Conservation

The ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards aim to celebrate those dedicated to animal welfare, conservation and the environment -- and to encourage the government in Cyprus to improve animal welfare laws.

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The ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards aim to celebrate those dedicated to animal welfare, conservation and the environment -- and to encourage the government in Cyprus to improve animal welfare laws.

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Introducing the ELAFI Awards…

What if we could work together, across the globe, to show politicians and local authorities in countries where animal rights are barely recognised, that the global conservation community is watching? 

That’s exactly what Anna Georghallides, the woman behind Cyprus’ annual ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards wants to find out.

The ELAFI Awards aim to celebrate those dedicated to animal welfare, conservation and the environment — and also to encourage the government in Cyprus to improve animal welfare laws.

“As of now we still have one of the worst animal welfare records in Europe,” Anna explains. “Animal welfare is very low on the priority list of both the government and organisations who could influence change in Cyprus.”

“Justice is not handed down for abuse cases, the conditions animals live in — especially in our zoos — are, in most cases, appalling and wildlife and their environment is not respected.”

 The awards aim to reward local authority and rescuers who fight to improve animal welfare — as well as international advocates and organisations, and foreign rescues — to show the powers-that-be that the international community is watching and improvements need to be made as soon as possible.

Through their official online magazine ‘ELAFI Animal Life‘, Anna also hopes to educate the public on animal care as a whole.

Kate on Conservation and the ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve agreed to become an ambassador for the awards in their inaugural year.

The ELAFI, or Persian fallow deer, is now extinct in Cyprus. Used as the inspiration for these awards, the deer species is said to have reached Cyprus by swimming the Mediterranean; the head of each animal placed on the back of the deer in front of it.

The representation of that level of spirit and team work is not coincidental.

NOTE: The ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards will now take place on the island of Cyprus on 28th May 2020 at the St. Raphael Resort in Limassol (having moved from 3rd October, 2019 in order to take place at this fantastic venue).

I can’t wait to see these awards build and grow, as I’m sure they will, into not just a platform for celebration of success, but a platform for change.

The ELAFI Award Design

The prestigious ELAFI trophies, which will be presented to the winners of each category (there are 15 in total — you can find out what they are here) will each feature the ELAFI; the Persian fallow deer (Dama dama mesopotamica), which is now extinct in Cyprus and only 365 are thought to remain throughout the world.

The awards have been handcrafted by ceramic artist Vassos Demetriou and each will be hand drawn and hand painted, making it unique to the winner. A keepsake indeed for whoever is so lucky as to win one!

Winners are chosen through public vote, and nominations can be viewed online. Good luck everyone!

Learn more about the ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards by clicking here.

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