The concept of ecosystem services in conservation was increasingly being used by scientists. It is an anthropocentric approach to promote nature, by telling people how much service they provide. More debatable is a branch of ecological economist works to assess the monetary value of nature.
In Singapore, limited extent of mangroves has its value. It provides ecosystem services to public, mainly through providing a ground for education and recreation; and to a certain extent, climate regulation and coastal protection.
In this article, Dr.Dan Friess apply the concept of “ecosystem services” in discussion of Singapore’s mangroves and its value to the society.