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Although we experience this kind of partnership with Nature every day, almost all of the times and for almost all of the people living on this planet, the definition of ecosystem services is unknown.

Yet, every time you build a house, put your favorite dinner on the plate, drink a glass of water, rest under the shade of a tree or enjoy the relaxation of a beautiful view of a natural landscape, you are just enjoying ecosystem services.

The Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES) classification uses three main areas — provisioning, regulation and maintenance, cultural services — managed with a 5-level hierarchical structure: section, division, group, class, class type.

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