Given the limited land available in Singapore

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High end, high rises, high expectations. Everything soars on this low-lying island called Singapore (Garden City). Is it wise to set aside some areas as nature reserves when Singapore has limited land? I refer nature reserves to places where people are able to enjoy the nature and take photographs to remember Singapore as a Garden City.

Being a Garden City, Singapore should maintain its reputation by preserving nature reserves. Nature reserves bring benefits to the environment and Singaporeans lives. Nature reserves include trees that circulate the air around us. Also, it allows families to gather together for an outing. Nature reserves have become a very popular spot for Singaporeans to get close to nature and enjoy other forms of recreation with one another. Tourists enjoy nature as Singapore provides beautiful sceneries. Singapore would be associated with nature.

It also shows Singapore is keen in protecting the environment against pollution.

By setting aside areas for nature reserves, it allow Singaporeans to understand what exactly conservation is and how important it is. Singaporeans would be aware that protecting the environment, they are able to save the world from global warming. Soon, other countries would also be keen in protecting the environment. They would learn from Singapore to prevent undesired disasters.

Nature reserves could also save lives. Roots of trees make soil stable and prevent soil erosion and soil leaching from happening. Thanks to nature reserves, there are only a few cases of soil erosion happening in Singapore.

On the other hand, by setting aside land for nature reserves, Singapore is unable to continue her development smoothly. Since land in Singapore is limited, she should make use of the land purposefully.

The land could be use for other activities such as building more houses and building more factories.