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Security of Property

The provision of a safe environment to support man-made structures and other assets - property protection from natural disasters and social conflicts e.g. safe harbours to moor boats; protection of property from land slides, storms, winds, waves; protection of livelihoods (e.g. farming, plantations) from drought and floods.


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Well-being Category



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


Protection of property from storm surges is especially important to those living and working in coastal areas.

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Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other ecosystem services) each ecosystem service contributes to Security of Property.

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