Degradation of ecosystems
A persistent reduction in the capacity to provide ecosystem services.
The degradation of an ecosystem service is:
For provisioning services, a decreased production of the service through
changes in area over which the service is provided, or decreased production per
For regulating and supporting services, a reduction in the benefits obtained
from the service, either through a change in the service or through human
pressures on the service exceeding its limits.
For cultural services, a change in the ecosystem features that decreases the
cultural benefits provided by the ecosystem.
Ecosystem services - Ecosystem(s)
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Español: Degradación de los ecosistemas
Français: Dégradation des écosystèmes
Nederlands: Degradatie van ecosystemen