Ecosystem Services Sustain Agricultural Productivity and Resilience - NR fact sheet

FACT SHEETS



Ecosystem Services
Sustain Agricultural Productivity
and Resilience


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, 2008



FACTS

Ecosystem services are defined as “the benefits provided by ecosystems to humans”. Many key ecosystem services provided by biodiversity, such as nutrient cycling, pest regulation and pollination, sustain agricultural productivity. Promoting the healthy functioning of ecosystems ensures the resilience of agriculture as it intensifies to meet the stress of growing demands for food production.

Climate change and other stresses have the potential to make major impacts on key functions, such as pollination and pest regulation services. Learning to strengthen the ecosystem linkages that promote resilience and to mitigate the forces that impede the ability of agro-ecosystems to deliver goods and services remains an important challenge.



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