What do they mean for cities?
Ecosystem services are a useful way of categorizing the value of nature, and the different benefits of nature. Using the word “services” indicates the importance of nature - comparable to other services municipalities provide. This makes it more visible on the policy-making agenda and helps communities to become more aware of the need to protect it.
Click on the orange dots for some examples of ecosystem services in cities:
Shade & temperature control
Supply of fresh water
Learning & inspiration
Food & animal feed
Spiritual experience & sense of place
Green & blue infrastructure
Materials for construction & more
Improved mental & physical health
Protection from disasters