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The main idea of our story is to present the importance of ES and the survival of living creatures that depend on them. The global problem of ES disappearing is due to climate change and loss of biodiversity, which are reasons to preserve all nature. Ecosystem Services and biodiversity are essential for the survival of all living organisms due to many different natural processes, for example: the formation of oxygen, bondage of CO 2, soil formation, Earth’s self-regulation system . In the last 50 years, the drastic decline of ES was recognized at a global and local level, particularly due to pressures on the environment. Adaptation means anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to prevent or minimize the damage they can cause, or taking advantage of opportunities that may arise (Mitsch, Jorgensen 2004). It has been shown that actions of well planned, early adaptation saves money and lives later on (Shipper, 2007). Examples of adaptation measures include: using scarce water resources more efficiently; adapting building codes to future climate conditions and extreme weather events.

Janja Lužnik and Ana Vovk Korže, International Centre for ecoremediation, University of Maribor

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