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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Endangered Species Around The World guest post

According to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 28,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction. Hazel Harred takes a closer look in this guest post.

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According to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 28,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction. Hazel Harred takes a closer look in this guest post.

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According to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 28,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction.

That translates to 27% of all assessed species considered to be under threat. Some of the many reasons why these species may be at risk are: habitat loss, poaching, loss of genetic variation and invasive species.

Endangered Species Around The World

Here is an overview of just a few of the beautiful species who could go extinct if we don’t raise awareness.

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Why these species are threatened with extinction

Did you know that one of the main causes why these species are threatened with extinction is habitat loss?

Human activities such as agriculture and industrial development contribute a lot to this. Industries like construction, lumber, petroleum, livestock and plant agriculture are the most harmful ones.

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When developing an industry, companies are ‘clearing’ pieces of land like the Amazon Rainforest of South America or The Atlantic forest. By doing that, they are eliminating all vegetation which is the home of hundreds of animal species. 

Poaching is another reason why these beautiful species are at risk. Millions of animals of thousands of species worldwide are captured or killed to be sold locally, or traded worldwide as exotic pets. On top of that, these animals and their body parts are also sold as food, decor, jewellery or traditional medicine. 

My own lucky encounter with 2 black rhino
My own lucky encounter with 2 black rhino

Poaching is a growing threat, especially to elephants, rhinos, as well as to smaller animals like lizards and monkeys.

Extinction can also happen naturally

Don’t forget, extinction can happen naturally too, without the involvement of humans. Just think of dinosaurs. Because of the impact of an asteroid, debris was forced into the atmosphere, which reduced the temperature and the amount of light hitting the Earth. Dinosaurs were unable to adapt to the quick climate change and the cold temperatures so they became endangered, then extinct.

How we can help endangered species

However, that doesn’t mean that we should watch how these species are becoming more and more endangered and then are slowly disappearing. We can make a massive change if we raise awareness and educate, not only others, but ourselves as well.

There are so many things we can do to save these animals, such as:

  • Researching the origin of the products we buy
  • Growing native plants
  • Buying from local small businesses
  • Walking instead of driving to our destination.

Any of these small steps can make a big difference.

About the author:

Hazel Harred is working for Wire Fence on a campaign where they are helping animals and charities in need. They want to give a helping hand to those in need, so they are fundraising for a different charity/animal each month. They would also like to raise awareness about endangered species with their newest graphic.

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