Ecosystem services are sustainable processes at work in the natural world contributing to quality of life and economic productivity. Ecosystems provide recreation, goods such as food, clothing, building materials and pharmaceuticals. They also perform highly valued services such as water purification and storage, air filtration and carbon sequestration.
Ecosystem services are the foundation of economic productivity. Protecting, enhancing, restoring or even creating (‘PERCing’) ecosystem services supports health & welfare, maintains quality of life, and creates thousands of jobs in every community worldwide.