The wealth of nature is essential to the wealth of nations. All aspects of the global economy, from raw materials to manufacturing to trade and commerce depend on biodiversity and ecosystems. Biodiversity and ecosystems supply our economies with indispensable goods and services, such as water, food, fuel, building materials and medicines. Our societies have benefited tremendously through the individual and collective management of these natural resources. They provide the basis for economic development and improvements in human well being.