What is an ecosystem?

An ecosystem is a functional unit consisting of animate (biotic) organisms, such as animals, plants and microorganisms (biocenosis), and their inanimate (abiotic) environment, such as climate, soil and water (biotope). These components interact with each other in a given area, from small ponds to global ecosystems such as the oceans, and are fundamental to biodiversity, climate and the provision of vital ecosystem services.

Why is the preservation of ecosystems so important?

The conservation of ecosystems is essential to protect biodiversity, regulate the climate, provide vital ecosystem services such as clean water and air and lay the foundation for sustainable development. By preserving natural habitats and maintaining ecological processes, it supports the well-being of humanity and ensures that future generations have a healthy and livable environment.

Examples of ecosystems

  • Forests: are vital oxygen producers and carbon reservoirs that play a key role in the global climate system. They provide habitats for an enormous variety of species and are essential for water regulation.
  • Wetlands: Swamps, bogs, marshes and mangrove forests serve as natural water filters and are crucial for water storage and purification. They are also important breeding and resting places for birds as well as habitats for a variety of plants and animals.
  • Grasslands: Grasslands cover large areas of the earth, are known for their role as a habitat for a variety of plants and animals, including many livestock. They are crucial for soil formation and conservation and play an important role in the carbon cycle.

What role do ecosystems play for companies?

Ecosystems form the foundation for life on earth and are critical for the future of the economy and society. They provide essential living conditions and resources for human well-being and the economy, including food, water and raw materials. Ecosystems also regulate important environmental factors such as climate and water quality, which are crucial for sustainable business practices.

Companies play a central role in promoting and preserving these vital systems. They are required to minimize their environmental impact and contribute to the preservation of ecosystems. This includes considering environmental factors in the supply chain, reducing emissions and promoting the sustainable use of resources.

Companies benefit from the protection of ecosystems

By understanding the importance of ecosystems and integrating ecological principles into business models, companies can not only help to protect the environment, but also achieve sustainable growth and competitive advantages.

Protecting local ecosystems with Planted

Planted enables your company to promote the forest ecosystem by planting mixed forests in Germany with our own climate forester. Would you like to plant your own company forest in the direct vicinity of your company? We look forward to hearing from you.