Nature Society (Singapore) has been
concerned since the mid-2000s with various proposed developments at sites on
either side of Mandai Lake Road adjacent to the Central Catchment Nature
The most recent proposals were those of Mandai
Park Holdings (MPH) a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, and now the parent
company of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which in turn is the parent of
Singapore Zoo, the WRS Conservation Fund, the Night Safari, the River Safari
and Jurong Bird Park.
Earlier this year MPH released the report
of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of their proposals. NSS reviewed
the EIA Report and prepared a position paper in response, completed on
September 2, 2016. However, NSS decided not to release the position paper
NSS have collaborations with Wildlife
Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund on certain conservation issues, both NSS
and Singapore Zoo are members of the International Union for the Conservation
of Nature (IUCN), and some of NSS members met in the early stages with the EIA team
engaged by MPH to ensure that the team had the fullest possible appreciation of
the biodiversity in the area. We therefore acceded to a request by MPH to
forward our position paper to them before public release. NSS representatives subsequently
met with MPH senior staff and consultants on two occasions for robust but
NSS is now releasing simultaneously its position
paper, unchanged, and the MPH response. We maintain our strong disagreement with
the proposed developments and regret the habitat and biodiversity loss that the
developments will entail. Nonetheless in our commitment to biodiversity in
Singapore we will continue to engage with MPH so as to help ensure that such
losses from the developments are less than they might otherwise be.
1. Read NSS's Position Paper on Mandai Safari Park Holdings' Mandai Development Plan here.
2. Read Mandai Park Holdings Pte. Ltd. Response to NSS's Position Paper here.