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Secure Access to Services

Securing access to ecosystem services is required for consumptive purposes, food production, development, employment and sanitation, proximity of service to the individual/community and how easily the service can be physically accessed and transported.


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Well-being Category



How do ecosystem services contribute to this constituent of well-being?


Access to forest resources is required for the sustainable harvesting and transportation of timber products for human use.

Providing access to ecosystems (e.g. parks and gardens) and services (e.g. recreational opportunities) is important for human well-being.

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Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other ecosystem services) each ecosystem service contributes to Secure Access to Services.

Ecosystem Service Category Ecosystem Service 0
Provisioning Services
Food products            
Water for Consumption            
Building and Fibre Resources            
Fuel Resources            
Genetic Resources for Cultivated Products            
Biochemical, medicinal and pharmaceutical resources            
Ornamental Resources            
Transport Infrastructure            
Regulating Services
Air Quality            
Habitable Climate            
Water Quality            
Arable Land            
Buffering Against Extremes            
Reduce Pests and Diseases            
Productive Soils            
Noise Abatement            
Cultural Services
Iconic Species            
Cultural Diversity            
Spiritual and Religious Values            
Knowledge Systems            
Aesthetic Values            
Effect on Social Interactions            
Sense of Place            
Iconic Landscapes            
Recreational Opportunities            
Therapeutic Landscapes