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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Fundraising for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Following the devastating bushfires in Australia, I'm raising money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, who have treated wild koalas who have been injured and affected by wild fires.

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Following the devastating bushfires in Australia, I'm raising money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, who have treated wild koalas who have been injured and affected by wild fires.

The post Fundraising for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

You may have seen my coverage of the Australian bush fires recently, and about how Australia is incredibly close to my heart. As such, I’ve decided to raise money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital by running an online raffle.

Take part in my fundraising raffle. £1 donation per entry!

If you’d like to help me fundraise for koalas and be in with a chance of winning the bundle of goodies shown above…

1. Please choose a number from the grid.

2. Head over to my Justgiving fundraising page here: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kate-conservation-koalas. 

3. Make a donation to claim a number from the grid. £1 per raffle entry*, but of course you can donate £5 and pick 5 numbers, or £10 and pick 10 if you’d like. The more numbers you pick, the higher your chances of winning. *Justgiving has a minimum donation option of £2.

4. Write your numbers in the comment box on the Justgiving page when you’ve made your donation. Be sure to check the other comments first, to make sure your numbers aren’t already claimed.

I’ll try and keep an updated number grid showing available entries on my Instagram Stories. 

Once the grid is sold out, I’ll make an announcement and draw the winner with a random number generator. 

Good luck! Let’s see if we can get to £50 for the koalas!

More about Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Following the devastating bushfires in Australia, I’m raising money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, who have treated wild koalas who have been injured and affected by wild fires.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in New South Wales is the world’s first rehabilitation facility dedicated solely to the care and preservation of wild koalas.

Image source: koalahospital.org.au

It consists of a treatment room, 8 Intensive Care Units, 6 outdoor intensive care units and 33 rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees for koalas to learn to climb as part of the rehabilitation process. 

It is not only a Hospital to treat sick and injured koalas but it is also involved in research with University Sydney, University Technology Queensland and the Australian Museum into koala diseases.

Between 200 and 250 koalas are admitted through the Hospital annually. 

Apart from Chlamydia, motor vehicle accidents and dog attacks are the most common cause of injuries sustained, predominantly during the breeding season.

The work of the Koala Hospital is supervised and carried out by 4 paid staff including the Clinical Director, Assistant Clinical Director, Administration Manager and Leaf Collectors along with about 140 volunteers.

Discover more: Read more about the Australia bush fires here.

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