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An ecosystems approach

Nature is essential for human life. Nature provides us with water, clean air and food, and raw materials for medicines, industry and buildings. Crops depend on insect pollination and soil formation.  Enjoying local parks, wider landscapes and wildlife improves our health and well-being.  Nature is our natural capital.

These benefits depend on a healthy environment.  The loss of nature affects us all, our economy and our culture.  Investing in nature - biodiversity and ecosystems, geodiversity and landscapes - will help secure these benefits for future generations.

To look after nature we need to work with nature rather than against it, and to work together across all sectors.  In nature everything is connected.

Following an ecosystems approach means understanding these connections, and including the benefits of nature in the way we manage the land, water and sea.

Scottish Landscape. İPhilip Stewart/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

What is an ecosystems approach?

Working with nature for multiple benefits

Glasgow from the South. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

How to apply an ecosystems approach

Find ways to improve decision-making to sustain nature's benefits



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