is responsible for all the food that we eat; from the fish that live among the mangrove roots to the crops that rely on birds and insects for pollination;
ensures that forests capture and recycle rainwater and prevent erosion on mountainsides and that wetlands filter that water for our use;
guarantees that nutrients and raw materials are constantly being recycled to sustain new life;
creates all of the oxygen we breathe and recycles the carbon dioxide produced;
provides the materials for much of our clothing, houses and household and office goods;
treats our illnesses and diseases and provides the model for future medicines;
includes the genetic diversity of organisms that provide each species with the maximum ability to survive change in their environment.