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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Shamwari Diaries in print!

I'm so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.

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I'm so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.

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I’m so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.

In case you missed it, this was a major blog series I ran last year where I transcribed my 2008 diary entries from my gap year volunteering in South Africa with Born Free Foundation.

Each entry was typed up and edited, and illustrated with its corresponding imagery; which meant sorting through 3,000 photos, across 10 discs (yes, this was 2008, where saving photos onto CD-ROM and reducing file sizes by ditching most of the metadata — including date taken! — seemed like a good idea).

But the result was a wonderful journey into the past and through some of the most important days in my volunteer and conservation career history, that would go on to inform some of the biggest and best decision in my life.

In case you missed it, you can read the Shamwari Diaries blog series from the very beginning here — where I set the scene for looking back at my 18-year-old self’s first foray into independence and re-live the moment a long term dream came true, when I first stepped foot into Born Free’s big cat sanctuary as a volunteer.

My aim was always to turn my travel diaries into something more permanent than the pen and paper notebook version that’s miraculously lasted 12 years and 15 house moves — but I never imagined it would look and feel this good.

I can’t wait to sit with my children one day and read through all those amazing adventures together. Who knows what it may inspire?

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Follow my adventures through my Shamwari Diaries here, to find out the realities of early morning game drives and life on a game reserve! 

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