What are Ecosystems Services?


Ecosystems Services are the benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, UK NEA).

The types of roles that algae can contribute in Ecosystems Services include:

  • supporting (e.g. primary production, nutrient cycling)
  • provisioning (e.g. food, fuel, nutraceuticals, and pigments)
  • regulating (e.g. bioremediation, sequestering pollutants)


You can read more about environmental sustainability and ecosystem services and the implications for business and industry in the Millium Ecosystem Assesment reort "Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and industry" by clicking here.

Ecosystem Services Case Studies

Click on the images to download PDFs of the Ecosystem Services case studies below.



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