Masterplan to protect Singapore's marine biodiversity announced

Masterplan to protect Singapore's marine biodiversity announced
PHOTO: NParks

SINGAPORE - Marine habitats will be better protected under a new Nature Conservation Masterplan, which sets out the course of Singapore's biodiversity conservation plans for the next five years.

The masterplan is a framework that consolidates the National Parks Board's (NParks) focus of systematically coordinating, strengthening and intensifying efforts in biodiversity conservation by integrating various programmes and projects.

It was announced by Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee at NParks' annual Festival of Biodiversity at VivoCity this morning.

Some of these initiatives have been implemented in the past few months, NParks said in a statement today.

For instance, plans for Nature Parks like Windsor and Chestnut Nature Parks, which act as buffers for Singapore's nature reserves, have been rolled out.

Conservation of marine habitats and biodiversity will be looked into under the Marine Conservation Action Plan.

One key focus of that plan is the establishment of Sisters' Islands Marine Park. To encourage interest in marine life, a dive trail at the park will open to the public by September, NParks said.

There are also plans to restore and enhance marine habitats such as shallow water reefs and intertidal areas at not only Sisters' Islands Marine Park, but also Changi Beach Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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