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Suggestion 1:[edit | edit source]

Ecosystem means a dynamic complex of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non-living environment interacting as a functional unit.

References: Article 2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Suggestion 2:[edit | edit source]

Ecosystem, according to FAO, can be defined as "a system of complex interactions of populations between themselves and with their environment" or as "the joint functioning and interaction of these two compartments (populations and environment) in a functional unit of variable size".

References: Ecosystem Characteristics