Water For Nature

Ecosystem services is a catch-all term for things water, in its natural setting, does for us. Generally, ecosystem services are broken into four categories:

  • Provisioning services: drinking water, food, timber, fibre
  • Regulating services: climatic control, waste assimilation, flood protection, water purification, fire regulation
  • Cultural services: recreation, spiritual nourishment
  • Supporting services: photosynthesis, soil formation, nutrient cycling

Water, in the natural ecosystem, plays a vital role in providing all of these services. That means that, as well as planning for our own direct use of water (PDF, 602 KB), we need to make sure enough water — and enough good water — stays in the natural system to keep it healthy and intact.