Survival of an individual depends on many factors. An individual can survive if he/she gets food and shelter. An individual can survive if he/she is not killed by a predator. An individual can survive if he/ she is not killed by a competitor. In biological sense. an individual can survive if all the life processes continue in the body.
But reproduction creates a new individual and the new individual carries the lineage of the species even after the death of parents. Moreover, a good rate of reproduction ensures a large population which counterbalances mortality in the population. We know that a higher birth rate and lower mortality rate helps in growth of population. If mortality rate becomes more than birth rate, then a population can be wiped out. Thus, reproduction helps in maintaining the stability of a species.