Value of Ecosystems

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  • Value of Ecosystems
    • Insects: Ecosystems are home to insects that are vital to the pollination processes (would cost $0.5 trillon per year)
    • Nutrient Cycling: Storage, recycling and aquisition of nutrients
    • Biodiversity: 2% of the 250,000 described species of vascular plants have been screened for their chemical componends (such as a cure for AIDS)
    • People: Indigenous people are the original owners of the tropical rainforest (used for their home, religion, spirituality, economic use & social and moral organisation).
    • Medicine: 25% of medicines come from rainforest plants in search for anti-cancer properties. Thousands of plants are being extinct before they can be tested due to deforestation.
    • Fire, Timber & Fuel: Production of timber, fuelwood, charcoal, fibres, dyes and contruction materials.
  • Insects: Ecosystems are home to insects that are vital to the pollination processes (would cost $0.5 trillon per year)

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