DEFINITION OF `LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS' IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EOLSS

A life support system is any natural or human-engineered system that furthers the life of the biosphere in a sustainable fashion. The fundamental attribute of life support systems is that together they provide all of the needs required for continuance of life. These needs go far beyond biological requirements. Thus, life support systems encompass natural environmental systems as well as ancillary social systems required to foster societal harmony, safety, nutrition, medical care, economic standards, development of new technology, etc.. The one common thread in all of these systems is that they operate in partnership with the conservation of global natural resources.


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