Our ecosystem delivers services. These services are crucial for life on this planet. Ecosystem Services are for example:
- storing CO2
- cilmate control
- fixating Nitrogen
- purifying water
- capturing finedust
- pest and disease control
These services are provided by nature to us for free and are the basis of all life on our planet. With the model we designed we can quantify these services and analyse the the level of ecosystem services that are delivered.
Symbiotic Systems has developed a model that gives insight in the value of ecosystem services. Comparing local data to the potential these ecosystems have. Based on the limits of the local ecosystem; location, climate, soil composition, sunlight and biodiversity.
Symbiosis is any type of a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms. Symbiotic systems aims to provide insight in how, we as a species, can live in a mutualistic relationship with our environment.
And create conditions conducive to life.
Ecosystem services are commonly devided in four main services. Supporting, provisional, regulating and cultural. As biomimics we see this devision based on the current organisation of our economy is still focussed on an anthropocentric worldview. And therefore doesn't aim to be sustainable. Symbiotic systems designed a new and unique biomimicry model to determine an integral value of ecosystem services that provides conditions conducive to (all) life.
The following ecosystem services are directly related to the health of our SOIL:
1. biodiversity, genetic resources, cultural services;
2. food web support;
3. biodegradation of pollutants;
4. nutrient cycling (for example, N and P);
5. pest control and plant growth promotion;
6. carbon cycling and sequestration;
7. greenhouse gas emissions; and
8. soil structure affecting soil water, gas balance, and filtration
Soil is the foundation of the the way an ecosystem develops and functions.
Deze lezing (NL) was onderdeel van de reeks Grensverkenningen die ARCAM organiseerde in samenwerking met Pakhuis de Zwijger.
En hij gaat over limieten en grenzen in de natuur en hoe ecosysteem diensten maatgevend kunnen zijn voor stedelijke ontwikkeling.
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