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Is the Natural Environment of Singapore Worth Preserving?

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A0078548M Before 1819, the island was covered with tropical primary forest, with various types of coastal vegetation such as the mangrove forests and beaches. At that time, Singapore was known to be rich in its natural heritage. However, throughout the years, the initial natural heritages that Singapore once possessed were gradually lost due to urbanization. Up till present, the remaining natural heritage, which is defined as ? (l)egacy of the external world which is not human-derived? (cited), is sacred throughout the entire island. Such destructive impacts brought about by the rapid development have been clearly depicted by the loss of these diverse habitats. Deforestation of the primary forests has caused a high percentage of as much as 95% being cleared and an extinction rate of native species to be approximately 34% to 87% (cited). As such, it is convincing enough to consider modern Singapore as a country with only little natural heritage to provide us with goods and services. ...read more.

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These enable visitors of the sites to be able to enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the nature. On top of that, locals will be able to conveniently enjoy the nature, away from the urban city without the need to spend the additional expenses on travelling overseas. This encourages local consumption, directly contributing to our economy. In general, the number of visitors visiting these natural heritages can be used as a benchmark on how much it contributes to the economy. Statistics have proven that Singapore?s eco-tourism industry, comprising of both local and foreign visitors, has been steadily growing throughout the years. One such example will be the increase in number of visitors to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserves that results in an average of 140 000 visitors each annum in 2010(cite3). This shows that natural heritages, as a tourist attraction is able to contribute to the economy. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=attractions&id=64&Itemid=73 http://news.xin.msn.com/en/singapore/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5582863 http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/radio/938live/singaporenews.aspx?cp-documentid=4163379 First point http://www.sbg.org.sg/attractions/heritagetrees.asp http://retrievia.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/picture-of-the-tembusu-tree-on-the-singapore-5-dollar-note/ One of your classmates has commented: ?Singapore has too little natural heritage to provide us with any goods and services, hence it is not worth spending money and/or effort protecting our biodiversity. ...read more.

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heritage which thus means the lost of an opportunities for the biologist to study the different species of living things in the ecosystem since another potential habitat has been lost Moreover, some species that are only present in Singapore such as the crab Singapore johore and those endangered species will face possibilities of extinction. some of these species could not be found in neighbouring countries. Few species will be left Scientific studies in Singapore deem to be impossible. Purposes for scientific studies could be such as uncovering bioactive compounds isolated from species in the ecosystem (pg283) 4rd Paragraph A sense of belonging Singapore known as a garden city Conserving natural heritage would allow many heritage trees such as tembusu tree to be preserved Such heritage tree which are preserved allow sense of belonging since it is a tree that can be found in the five dollar note. 5th Paragraph Conclusion No matter how small or fragmented the habitats are, protecting them from reversing degradation are better than having them totally eliminated (pg 282) ...read more.

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