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



Protect coastline

The dense root systems of mangrove forests (as well as other coastal vegetation) that line Myanmar’s coast act as a physical barrier between land and shore, helping to protect people from cyclones and storm surges. They also provide food and habitat for a large variety of fish, shrimp and other species that are an essential food source for people living along the coast.

Protecting Myanmar’s coastline is more important than ever. Large increases in the frequency and magnitude of flooding along the coast are projected as sea levels rise and storms grow in intensity and frequency.