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The importance of biomes

At Carbon Credits Consulting we work intensively to avoid and capture emissions; we do this by different carbon offsets projects but a fundamental factor for us is to focus on the ecological balance of nature and for that it is important to know and value the Earth’s biomes.

We work to protect as many biomes as possible, but what exactly it is a Biome and why do we care this much?

Biomes are sometimes confused with similar ecological concepts, such as habitats and ecosystems.

An easy definition would be a large region characterised by its vegetation, soil, climate, and wildlife.

Scientifically, a biome is a complex of plant and animal communities that, in a given geographical area, have achieved relative stability in relation to the prevailing environmental factors. Each biome consists of eco-regions which in turn comprise different eco-systems. There are more than a dozen ways to classify biomes, we can say there are 14 terrestrial biomes, 5 marine biomes and 7 freshwater biomes.

Biomes have an incredible capacity to satisfy and conserve the basic needs of life on the planet as they allow the development of biological diversity, providing vital resources for subsistence such as oxygen, carbon and raw materials such as food or other products.

Human activities have very often altered the intrinsically characteristics of biomes, giving rise to irreversible environmental disasters with a significant loss of biodiversity.

Through our projects, we protect one of the best known biomes in the world: the Amazon, responsible for generating 20% of the world’s oxygen*, but we also protect the “link of the 7 biomes” for its strategical location, connecting all biomes of Brazil, the Cerrado Biome, is extremely important as it is also the tropical savannah with the highest biodiversity on the planet enriched by a large number of endemic species, in addition, this biome regulate the hydrogeological cycle. 

Passing through the Andes, we also protect The Yungas ecoregion in Argentina, one of the most valuable and richest in biodiversity in Latin America. Declared by UNESCO in 2002, within the framework of the Man and the Biosphere Programme.

The priority conservation actions for our projects include protecting biomes for any threat such as the expansion of agricultural areas, uncontrolled livestock farming, illegal logging, illegal hunting, and the high risk of forest fires.

Our goal is to increase the number and size of protected areas in the world, incentivizing local communities to protect remaining habitats.

Do you know more about biomes? Share your knowledge in the comments. Let’s spread the word on the importance of Biomes!

 

 

Fonts: FAO, NASA, UCMP, UNESCO, WWF

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