This infographic is a product of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

“The biosphere is valuable to us in many ways, some of which are more easily visible than others. Human beings are an integral part of it and fundamentally depend on the Earth’s capacity to provide services for human development and well-being from local community levels to the global level of the biosphere.

The benefits that nature provides are called Ecosystem Services, and they can be divided into several categories. The most visible ones are the provisioning services which deliver the resources we use on a daily basis, such as food and clean water. The Earth also provides us with abiotic resources, such as (renewable) energy and minerals in the soil…”

Read on at: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.