Tell Us Your Story

Will you share your story with us? 

We want you to share a brief story about your experiences with a particular ecosystem (in a particular place in the watershed) and tell us how it improves your life. This story can be anywhere between 100-200 words and it is better if it includes one or two photos depicting the ecosystem you are describing and your interactions with it.  You will find a guideline for writing your story and a sample of a story here. Also, in case you are not familiar with the concepts of ecosystem services you can find examples of ecosystem services types at below.

Please enter your story  on our site, or email  us your story and we’ll upload it!

Some ecosystem services examples are:

Provisioning Services: Provisioning services are the tangible products obtained from ecosystems, including:

  • Food. This includes the vast range of food products derived from plants, animals, and microbes.
  • Fiber. Materials included here are wood, jute, cotton, hemp, silk, and wool.
  • Fuel. Wood, dung, and other biological materials serve as sources of energy.
  • Other: Water, genetic resources, biochemical, natural medicines, products that can be derived into pharmaceuticals, and ornamental resources.

Cultural Ecosystem Services: Cultural services are the nonmaterial benefits people obtain from ecosystems through spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, reflection, recreation, and aesthetic experiences, including:

  • Aesthetic values. Many people find beauty or aesthetic value in various aspects of ecosystems, as reflected in the support for parks, scenic drives, and the selection of housing locations.
  • Cultural diversity. The diversity of ecosystems is one factor influencing the diversity of cultures.
  • Spiritual and religious values. Many religions attach spiritual and religious values to ecosystems or their components.
  • Educational values. Ecosystems and their components and processes provide the basis for both formal and informal education in many societies.
  • Recreation and ecotourism. People often choose where to spend their leisure time based in part on the characteristics of the natural or cultivated landscapes in a particular area.
  • Others: Inspiration, social relations, sense of place, cultural heritage values, spiritual and religious values, knowledge systems.

Regulating Ecosystems Services: Regulating services are the benefits obtained from the regulation of ecosystem processes, including:

  • Air quality regulation. Ecosystems both contribute chemicals to and extract chemicals from the atmosphere, influencing many aspects of air quality.
  • Climate regulation. Ecosystems influence climate both locally and globally.
  • Water regulation. The timing and magnitude of runoff, flooding, and aquifer recharge can be strongly influenced by changes in land cover, including, in particular, alterations that change the water storage potential of the system, such as the conversion of wetlands or the replacement of forests with croplands or croplands with urban areas.
  • Other: Erosion regulation, water purification and waste treatment, disease regulation, pest regulation, pollination, natural hazard regulation.

Supporting ecosystem services: Supporting ecosystem services are not as obvious as provisioning, regulating and cultural services, but they are underlie and make possible these other services. For example, supporting services such as nutrient recycling, primary production and soil formation support food supply (a provisioning service).