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16th February 2016 - Nature provides: ‘provisioning services’ explained

The Benefits of Nature - How Nature Provides For Us - Provisioning Services Explained


What does nature mean to you? People talk about ‘provisioning services’ – how our natural environment provides us with food, drinking water and fuel we need to live. Our farms, woods, rivers and gardens all play a critical role in our lives, health and wellbeing, whether we know it or not. In this film, people who work with nature describe how our natural environment provides people from all backgrounds with the food, water and fuel essential for us to live.


This film is part of a series of four films, produced by the University of Reading in association with the Loddon Catchment Partnership, to explain the terms Natural Capital and ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating and cultural services).   Examples are given through the stories told by people who work with nature across a range of sectors from farming to conservation charities, government organisations, universities and businesses like water companies, consultants, fisheries contractors and children's education providers.

Karen Haysom, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Jess Neumann, University of Reading

Sandra Nichols, National Farmers Union

Simon Porter, Penn Croft Farm

Matthew Woodcock, Forestry Commission

Alister Leggatt, Affinity Water


For more information about the films, please contact Joanna Clark, University of Reading.

Films were made with funding from a Natural Environment Research Council Impact Accelerator Award (NE/L012839/1).

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