These maps highlight the areas where Nature's Contribution to People (NCP) is key: where both many people are exposed to high biophysical pressure (e.g Pollution load), and nature’s contributions are highest. In these regions (colored in
black), ecosystem protection will likely provide the greatest benefits.
Areas of high human need coinciding with lower contributions of nature indicate “deficits” of benefits where they are most needed highlighting potential opportunities for ecosystem restoration to boost NCP – or areas where other investments
beyond nature may be necessary to ensure well-being (colored in dark pink).
Finally, areas where Nature's Contribution to People is relatively high, despite a relatively low "need" (either because there is little biophysical need, such as little pollution, or because population density is low) are colored in green.
Up to two-thirds of all crops require some degree of animal pollination to reach their maximum yields, and natural habitat around farmlands can support healthy populations of wild pollinators by providing them with foraging and nesting resources.
Fertilizers like nitrogen are a major source pollution to freshwater systems and drinking water. However, some of it may be retained by healthy ecosystems, and this nitrogen retention regulating drinking water quality is one of nature’s contributions to people.