Assessing the value of mangrove swamps (Opinion, Page A29)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

 The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess from the Department of Geography in the NUS Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences in which he discussed Singapore’s declining coastal ecosystem as a result of urbanisation. Asst Prof Friess also examined the paradigm of “ecosystem services” as a way of increasing awareness of the importance of ecosystems, and potentially as a way of quantifying their value – economic or otherwise. He opined that exploring the potential of ecosystem services such as climate regulation, coastal protection and carbon sequestration may provide decision-makers with the evidence to make informed management decisions that incorporate and utilise the varied benefits of the country’s hidden coastline to ensure a sustainable Singapore in the future.

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