Natural Environment Centre

Elisaaren tammisto
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The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) promotes the conservation of biodiversity by various measures, e.g. by assessments of the conservation status of species and natural habitats or by research on methods of management and restoration of habitats. An important field of research is the significance of ecosystem services and their interactions with biodiversity. SYKE's tasks also include finding solutions to problems with invasive species, assessment of the environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms and permits for international trade in endangered species.  

Ecosystem services can be defined as benefits supplied by natural ecosystems. The availability of food and other renewable natural resources is an ecosystem service. Another example is the undisturbed function of ecosystems, including the circulation of water and nutrients. Even the recreational uses of natural areas can be regarded as ecosystem services. The value of ecosystem services is often noticed when they have already deteriorated or disappeared.

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Published 2013-04-29 at 15:08, updated 2013-05-16 at 11:39