Ecosystem Services

© Marc Sardi

“Ecosystems, and more generally biodiversity, support and provide many so-called ecological services or ecosystem services, generally classified as common and/or public goods, as vital or useful to humanity, other species and economic activities. These services include, for example, the production of oxygen, natural water purification, the biomass that feeds domesticated, fished or hunted animals, the activity of crop pollinators and that of organisms that produce and maintain the humus, natural carbon sequestration in woods, soils, seas and subsoil, or the permanent recycling of nutrients and neuromas by animals, mushrooms and bacteria.” (Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

In Montreal, our society benefits from nature. Ecosystem services contribute to the quality of life of residents of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal to the tune of an estimated $2.2 billion per year (Fondation David Suzuki, via Dupras et al., 2015). This is why Biopolis is happy to recognize the initiatives that promote the valuable services we are privileged to, courtesy of our urban biodiversity.