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Ecosystems Services

"The level and stability of ecosystem services generally improve with increasing levels of biodiversity."  (NEWP, p8).

The gorge's biodiversity underpins many of its ecosystem functions. e.g.
Water for the reservoir
Pollinating insects
Carbon capture in species rich grassland and rock cycle
Air pollution reduction
Flood hazard reduction
Cultural heritage and recreation etc

See page 8 in Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP, 2011), The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature link.  (A white paper is a government policy document.)