Pasir Ris Park to undergo mangrove biodiversity monitoring

SINGAPORE - The National Parks Board (NParks) and Panasonic Asia Pacific (Panasonic) are working together on a first mangrove biodiversity monitoring study in Pasir Ris Park's mangrove forest.

As part of this study, which commenced in March 2012, 16 biodiversity monitoring sessions will be conducted over a two-year period.

Apart from contributing $15,000 in cash and in kind to NParks' Garden City Fund for the study, Panasonic aims to provide 60 volunteers per monitoring session.

Results of the study will provide NParks with information to aid the long-term conservation and management of Singapore's mangrove forests.

This partnership is in line with the City in a Garden vision, which is about involving the community to conserve our natural heritage.

Covering an area of six hectares, the mangrove forest at Pasir Ris Park is one of the few mangrove sites left in Singapore.

It is also a popular park attraction - scores of nature lovers and families visit the mangrove forest every month to experience and learn about its rich biodiversity.

Through this project, volunteers can cultivate a better appreciation of the biodiversity in Pasir Ris Parks' mangrove forest.

This project will also see Panasonic's employees and their children assist NParks' researchers in the monitoring sessions.

Children from as young as 10 years old will help monitor and collect data of the mangrove trees, snails and mudskippers.