Some may argue that we should set aside more land for nature reserves as it creates a balance between natural and man made reserves. With rising amount of infrastructures being built it Singapore, we are seeing much less greenery as compared to the past. The United Nations Environment Program states that:" The negative impacts of tourism development can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which it depends." Therefore, this strengthens the need to set aside more land for nature reserves before it is too late to even do so. However, I feel that keeping the land for more infrastructure will benefit the country more as it will attract more tourist to Singapore and in turn result in more economic returns. If more land is saved for infrastructure, more places for tourists attraction can be built and these places would attract more tourists to come to Singapore. Singapore would also earn more money from the increased influx of tourist to Singapore. Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran said," On the one hand, there is the promise of significant long-term opportunities. On the other hand, we must contend with periodic fluctuations caused by uncertainties in the global economy, adverse developments in key source markets, growing competition in the region and domestic resource constraints." This shows that tourism will have a positive effect on Singapore in the long run and if saving space for infrastructure would increase tourism in Singapore, it will help boost Singapore's economy and would definitely benefit our country. Therefore, I disagree that Singapore should set aside land for nature reserve.
I think Singapore should set aside land for nature reserves. It is important for our precious and unique flora and fauna to remain protected, so that our heritage is conserved and citizens can continue to appreciate our nature. According to the Straits Times, "going through a tract of primary and secondary forests would do irreparable damage to a pristine habitat nestling around our reservoirs". As a result of human disturbance to habitats, many animals and plants may be unable to adapt to the changes and may perish, therefore these species may decline in numbers. Critically endangered species unique to Singapore such as the Banded Leaf Monkey and the Sunda Pangolin face great risks of extinction, in which case Singapore would lose a portion of our natural heritage. Ultimately, cutting through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve has long-term impacts such as losing our natural heritage which results in the future generations unable to appreciate it, hence Singapore should set aside land for nature reserves.