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Introduction to ecosystems
Introduction to ecosystems

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5 Conclusion

Dr David Robinson, Lead Educator and Senior Lecturer in Biological Science at The Open University, discusses and summarises the contents of this course, and the skills and knowledge you will have gained from it.

Your journey has taken you to a variety of places, from Wicken Fen in Britain to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Africa; from the Loess Plateau in China to the Pacific Islands of the Galápagos. These places have shown you a variety of different ecosystems, but there are two common themes: conservation and restoration. Neither of these activities can be undertaken without a very clear understanding of the ecosystems themselves.

At the start of this course three over-arching questions were posed. You should now be able to answer those questions.

‘What is the importance of understanding ecosystems, how do they work and how crucial is their conservation?’

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