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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Top 10 Gift Ideas for Nature Adventurers

’Tis the season to be jolly… and to fret over finding the perfect gift for your loved one. In my latest guest blog post Jodi from BookallSafaris shares some last minute Christmas ideas specifically for nature adventurers (i.e. those naturalists who love to travel!).

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’Tis the season to be jolly… and to fret over finding the perfect gift for your loved one. In my latest guest blog post Jodi from BookallSafaris shares some last minute Christmas ideas specifically for nature adventurers (i.e. those naturalists who love to travel!).

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’Tis the season to be jolly… and to fret over finding the perfect gift for your loved one. In my latest guest blog post Jodi from BookallSafaris shares some last minute Christmas ideas specifically for nature adventurers (i.e. those naturalists who love to travel!). If you’re looking for more general gift ideas and stocking fillers for wildlife lovers, don’t forget to check out my ‘Top 5 eco-friendly gifts for wildlife lovers’ suggestions here.

Gift Ideas for Adventure Travellers:

We all have that one friend who is always off on some crazy adventure. When they’re not surfing in South America, they’re biking in Indonesia or trekking some far off mountain in Africa.

They practically live out of a backpack, so when it comes to gifts it can get a little tricky.

Don’t worry, here are a few gift ideas that will help capture those epic moments, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road a little bit more enjoyable.


1. A GoPro

Everyone loves taking photos of their experiences, but there are times when holding a camera is just annoying or not possible. Enter the GoPro.

This is the ultimate gift for thrill seekers and gadget-lovers. In fact, GoPro was founded by a surfer, skier, and motorcyclist who wanted a better way to film himself and his friends surfing.

Did I mention that they also have free shipping? 


2. A Grayl Trail Water Filter

There are two things that every adventure seeker needs – a water bottle and a water purification kit. Or, a water bottle that can purify your water.

The Grayl Trail does just that, using a coconut husk-derived carbon filter that protects against the full-spectrum of pathogens as well as many chemicals and heavy metals.

As a bonus, they also pledge a percentage of their sales to environmental preservation.

3. Scratch map

So this one might not be as “useful” as the other gift ideas, however, I’m always for any gift that encourages its recipient to see more of the world.

A Scratch Map is not just a fun and pretty way to keep track of your travels, but it will also inspire your adventurous loved one to travel more!

4. The Trtl Pillow

The worst part about travelling is having little to no neck support while trying to snooze on a long haul flight. Sure, memory foam pillows are okay but they’re bulky and don’t quite cut it.

Enter the Trtl Travel Pillow. It is super light weight, provides ample neck support, and is easy on the wallet.

5. Flight 001 5-in-1 Adapter

Adapter plugs are often one of those essential travel items that people forget to purchase. Plus, there is the effort of having to find the specific one for each new destination you travel to.

Thankfully, this compact adapter set enables travellers to plug-in in 150 countries, and it comes with a colour-coded map to make it easy to determine which prong situation accompanies your next destination.

6. Binoculars

This is a fantastic gift for all kinds of safari enthusiasts.

For a wildlife safari, a magnification of between 8x and 10x is recommended, but remember the more you zoom, the shakier the view becomes.

Binoculars from Nikon and Zeiss are always a great bet.


7. Photography equipment

For a gift that’ll excite a budding wildlife photographer, look no further than the Olloclip Lens Set, which turns the iPhone’s built-in front and rear cameras into wide-angle, fish-eye, and macro 15x lenses.

8. The right sized travel bag

If your gift recipient is thinking about going on a safari in Africa, a lightweight travel bag would a fantastic gift!

While international flights have the usual restriction of 20kgs per person, luggage restrictions are much more intense (about 14kgs) on smaller bush planes that fly between African parks.

This makes having a lightweight bag (and water resistant) super important!

9. A good book

I’m going to level with you here, flights to Africa are LONG! And, the excitement of traveling wears thin once you’ve been in the air for awhile!

Save your friend from the torture that is watching cheesy in-flight movies and get him/her a good book to read.

I’d personally recommend Peter Allison’s Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide or an epic fantasy like The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

10. A Big Five safari experience in South Africa

Is there a better gift to give a safari lover than the chance to spot the Big Five in the flesh???

I don’t think so. For many people, going on a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so this is guaranteed to be a gift that will bring an endless flow of gratitude and joy from your loved one.

The best part is that this grand gesture doesn’t have to break the bank! There are plenty of amazing, budget friendly safari experiences that go for as little as 100USD.

 

 Jodi is a Writer for Bookallsafaris.com, an adventure enthusiast, and a Douglas Adams groupie. She lives in South Africa and has a passion for surfing, ocean conservation, and trawling pre-loved bookstores for a leather-bound volume of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Read more at Bookallsafaris.com


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