Ecosystem Services

In order to save ourselves, we need to save nature’s bank account—its natural capital. Simply put, natural capital is the stock of natural assets—land, water, soil, plants, wildlife and air—that provides benefits to people. These benefits are called “ecosystem services.” Natural capital is critical to human well-being and underpins economic productivity.

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  • Provide habitat for life on Earth


  • Provide clean water


  • Provide enough water


  • Reduce the risk of flooding


  • Protect the coastline


  • Absorb carbon dioxide



Reduce the Risk of Flooding

Myanmar’s inland forest systems can help reduce the risk of floods. 

When forests are cleared or degraded by illegal logging and other activities, rainwater can more quickly run off the land into rivers and streams during periods of heavy rainfall, potentially increasing the risk and severity of floods. 

Myanmar’s inland forests soak up water during heavy rainfall