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- Biodiversity and ecosystem services

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Figure 1: Spectacular blooms of wild flowers in Namaqualand (South Africa, top) and the Alps (France, bottom) attract thousands of visitors each spring, and represent a large source of income for regional economies. Photos by Sandra Díaz.

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Figure 2: The conversion of vast extents of primary forest in the subtropics (top) and tropics (bottom) not only threatens the existence of many unique animal and plant species, but also strongly reduces the capacity of ecosystems to provide regulating and supporting ecosystem services, such as the regulation of regional climate, long-term soil fertility, and water quality, quantity and runoff. Photos by Sandra Díaz and Marcelo Zak.

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Figure 3: Mangroves provide essential ecosystem services to subsistence fishers, such as protection against storms and sea intrusion, firewood, construction materials and nursery habitat for fisheries. Photos by Sandra Díaz.

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