SINGAPORE - More than 100 submissions from the public have been received in Singapore's bid to put the 154-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens on the Unesco World Heritage Site list.
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Here is the full statement from the National Heritage Board and National Parks Board:
The proposed five-year Site Management Plan for the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) was unveiled today by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and National Parks Board (NParks).
The Plan proposes how the Gardens will be managed, and is part of the Nomination Dossier that will be submitted to UNESCO. The Gardens is Singapore's inaugural nomination for inscription as a World Heritage Site.
The public is invited to contribute their feedback to the Plan. This constitutes the second stage of the public consultation process. Hardcopies of the Plan are available at the three Visitor Service Counters at the Gardens, while the softcopy is available online at www.sbg.org.sg/unesco.
The Nomination Dossier comprises two parts: i) a Nomination Document, which was made available for public feedback on 11 September, and ii) a Site Management Plan.
To date, NHB and NParks have received over 100 feedback submissions on the Nomination Document. Most of the comments received are either expressions of support for SBG's nomination, or sharing memories of time spent at the Gardens.
Where possible, feedback from the public will be incorporated into the Nomination Dossier, which will be submitted to UNESCO by February 2014. The World Heritage Committee will then deliberate on the nomination and decide if the Gardens is worthy of inscription.
Dr Nigel Taylor, Director of the Gardens, said: "The Plan reflects our commitment to conserving the Gardens' historical and cultural significance, while continuing in its central mission of connecting plants and people. We hope that the public will come forward and have a stake in Singapore's first nomination for a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contribute more ideas on how, together, we can ensure that the Gardens remains a rich heritage for generations to come."
Ms Jean Wee, Director of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, NHB said: "The Site Management Plan is an integral part of the Nomination process as it details to UNESCO how the Gardens will be managed. More importantly, it signals a continued commitment to conserve a site dearly loved by many Singaporeans. The rich heritage of the Gardens is a testament to how far we have come as a nation, and we invite Singaporeans to contribute to the protection of this legacy."