Online Public Lecture: The benefits provided by urban mangroves



The Institute of Science and Environment of USJ will hold an online public lecture titled “The benefits provided by urban mangroves” on the 10th November 2020.

About the talk

Mangrove forests are now well known to provide a range of benefits, or ecosystem services to human populations. These are varied, and include fisheries, medicinal products, coastal protection, nutrient regulation, climate change mitigation, and multiple cultural ecosystem services. This talk will describe efforts to characterise and map these ecosystem services in Singapore, to show that they can be provided even along heavily modified urban shorelines. Singapore’s mangroves have lost >90% of their extent, mostly in the last 70 years; the remaining urban mangroves, even when patchy and fragmented, can still provide a range of ecosystem services at substantial levels. This is particularly the case for blue carbon, coastal protection, scientific value and recreation. The ecosystem services concept is a key tool with which to inform development decision making and communicate the importance of threatened mangroves to key government and commercial stakeholders and the general public.

About the speaker

Dr. Daniel Friess is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, and leads the NUS Mangrove Lab www.themangrovelab.com. His research focuses on the ecosystem services of coastal ecosystems (particularly mangrove forests), how they are affected by anthropogenic threats such as deforestation and urbanisation, how they are affected by sea-level rise, and how we can conserve and restore them. This work is conducted in Singapore, throughout Southeast Asia, and beyond. Dan is also a Lead Principal Investigator for the interdisciplinary project Natural Capital Singapore, and is involved in the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions.


Date: Tuesday 10 November 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 942 9769 3028
Passcode: 931819

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