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Five Rainforest Ecosystem Services that Nourish People and the Planet

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By Ioulia Fenton

From wetlands to coral reefs, the Earth’s diverse ecosystems support and regulate many of the planet’s most critical natural processes. They also contribute important cultural, social, and economic benefits to human communities. These contributions, known more broadly as “ecosystem services,” are estimated to be worth trillions of dollars per year.

Rainforests provide vital ecosystem services that sustain all life on Earth. (Photo credit: National Geographic)

The world’s rainforest ecosystem services—such as increased rainfall, soil stability, and a regulated climate—are integral to the successful production of food in many parts of the world. Rainforests in the Amazon and the Congo, for example, support rainfall in key, surrounding agricultural areas.

Today, Nourishing the Planet highlights five ecosystem services that rainforests provide to people and the planet:

1. Nutrient cycling and soil formation. According to the Rainforest Conservation Fund, many of the world’s tropical rainforests live “on the edge,” meaning that they receive very few nutrient inputs from the outside and must produce most nutrients themselves. When left intact, a rainforest acts as a closed-loop system, recycling the nutrients it has created; without tree cover, however, these nutrients would be lost and the forest would not survive.



Integrating Conservation and Development During Rio+20

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By David Batcheck

A central part of the discussion surrounding Rio+20 this week is how people and groups will compete with one another for the world’s diminishing land and water resources. To provide insight and analysis to this issue, the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative (Landscape Initiative) has released the report Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature: The Vision, the Evidence, and Next Steps.The report calls for leaders in Rio to “dramatically scale up the whole landscape approach—if planet-wide food and environmental crises are to be averted.”

Sara Scherr discusses a report about the world's dwindling natural resources. (Image credit: Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature)

The Landscape Initiative was formed in response to a desire for a broader, more impactful use of integrated landscape approaches. It consists of a group of developmental organizations in the agricultural, environmental, and rural development areas, including EcoAgriculture Partners, UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bioversity International, and Conservation International, among others.