Singapore: Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks), in partnership with experts from tertiary institutions, non-governmental organisations and individual enthusiasts, has started comprehensive survey of marine ecosystem. It is expected to be completed by December 2013.
NParks said sites with coastal and marine habitats around Singapore have been identified and mapped, using satellite images. They are further validated through the ongoing biodiversity surveys conducted at these sites, including Chek Jawa, Cyrene Reefs and Pulau Semakau.
More than 80 volunteers have come forward to register their interest and support. They will be participating in various aspects of the survey, including photography, outdoor field sampling and collection, and specimen processing.
NParks is working with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to train the volunteers.
Shell companies in Singapore have donated SGD 500,000 (approx. USD 383,610) to the NUS for conservation activities, of which SGD 300,000 (approx. USD 230,214) will go towards bringing in scientific experts for this survey. In addition, Care-for-Nature Trust Fund has granted SGD 250,000 (approx. USD 191,864) to finance equipment required for the survey.
Source: Channel NewsAsia