Conscientious ecosystem management is vital to the survival of the earth’s environment. Marine life, deserts, rain forests, oceans, and coral reefs all rely on the management of ecosystems to maintain their survival. Plants, insect, animals and bacteria all play a role in a principle called the circle of life. If just one of these becomes extinct, then the earth’s life-support system becomes compromised.
The Importance of Ecosystem Management and Protection
All species depend on each other for survival. This is where the circle of life and ecosystem management comes into play.
- Organic materials are consumed and broken down by insects and bacteria.
- Fertilizer and soil are generated by this breakdown.
- Plants grow in the soil and are fed by the fertilizer.
- Plants are a food source for both humans and animals, and they provide oxygen for the environment.
- Insects, especially bees, provide pollination for the plants, spreading the seeds and aiding in reproduction.
These life cycle processes are ongoing and, when interfered with, can devastate the ecosystem.
We humans are to blame for the destruction of millions of acres of forestland every year. Furthermore, we also destroy insects, animal habitats and plants with the use of insecticides and pesticides.
Ecosystem Management and Human Health
One of the most important aspects of good ecosystem management is the medicinal value it provides us. A large proportion of all prescription medications that are used in the United States have a natural base of bacteria, plants or animals.
The balance that maintains the base currently in place on earth did not come about overnight. It took millions and millions of years, but it is taking far less time to destroy it.
Regrettably, some of the great progress that we have achieved, especially in the last hundred years, has played a part in destroying those ecosystems. We have done this with the building of recreational services and activities, agricultural progress and the simple clearing of lands, which we now know should be left alone. Some forms of life have evolved, while others are still in the state they were originally created in. Some life forms have faced extinction and won, while others are gone forever.
Life on earth would not have survived the evolutionary process without balance. However, extinction is still occurring every day. One species depends on another for survival. It does not matter the size of the plant or organism, they are all important and they play a very important role in the survival of each other. All species are dependent on another and in order for the cycle of life to continue, this balance has to be maintained. It is up to us, as a world community, to practice ecosystem management in order to maintain the balance and help the bionetwork survive.