4 new eco-corridors for Singapore; Lower Seletar Reservoir Park expanded

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4 new eco-corridors for Singapore; Lower Seletar Reservoir Park expanded

4 new eco-corridors for Singapore; Lower Seletar Reservoir Park expanded. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park will be expanded, and two new parks will be constructed as part of a new nature corridor linking the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Khatib Bongsu Nature Park.

The Khatib Nature Corridor is one of four new ecological corridors announced by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Monday (June 6), as part of a study to better understand the island’s green spaces’ ecological links.

Each corridor acts as a highway for wildlife, allowing them to move from one forest patch to another in search of mates and food.

Lim Chu Kang, Kranji, and Seletar are the other three corridors. If these areas are developed, nature corridors consisting of retained forested patches, parks, tree and shrub-lined routes, and park connectors will be established, and more information will be shared when it is available.

Another potential corridor in the eastern region has been identified, running through the Paya Lebar Air Base area, and NParks is investigating how to establish a nature corridor there in tandem with air base redevelopment plans.

The ecological corridors were announced as part of the exhibition of Singapore’s long-term development plans for the next 50 years and beyond.

The board’s study, formally known as the ecological profiling exercise, was conducted in consultation with a 14-member scientific advisory panel, according to the board.

The Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the upcoming Khatib Bongsu Nature Park were identified as core habitats for more rare and native species in the study, which was first announced in February of last year and completed earlier this year.

To connect the two, it has established the Khatib Nature Corridor, which includes forested areas at Springleaf, Tagore, Miltonia Close, along Lower Seletar Reservoir, and the existing Springleaf Nature Park.

The two new parks along the corridor will be part of future developments in the neighborhoods of Springleaf and Miltonia Close.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced on Monday that homes will be built in Springleaf, which is bordered by the Seletar Expressway, Mandai Road, and Upper Thomson Road.

Nee Soon Nature Park, part of the new developments in the area, will include a rare freshwater swamp forest habitat.

The new park, which will cover 10 to 15 hectares, will be an extension of Nee Soon Swamp Forest, which is part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and is Singapore’s last remaining primary freshwater swamp forest.

The park will also serve as a buffer for the nature reserve and will be built in tandem with nearby mixed-use developments.

Meanwhile, a 6.4ha nature park will open in Miltonia Close, a Housing Board development.

According to NParks, it worked with HDB to create this park, which serves as a wildlife crossing point between Khatib Bongsu and the Central Catchment Area.

The area’s natural stream and riparian habitat, as well as a portion of a forested area, will be preserved. Riparian habitats exist along rivers and streams.

The establishment of this park, according to NParks, aids in the conservation of important coastal flora and fauna species such as the panaga laut and the buffy fish owl.

The park will be constructed in conjunction with HDB developments in the surrounding area.

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park will be expanded by 16.5ha along the reservoir’s northern bank.

When Orchid Country Club, which currently occupies the site, is returned to the state after 2030 – its lease expires on December 31 that year – NParks said it will investigate conducting habitat restoration along the waterfront.

When the club’s land is redeveloped, the extension will be completed.

In addition, more than 20 kilometers of new recreational trails will be added in the Lower Seletar Reservoir and Khatib areas, bringing the total length of trails there to 80 kilometers.

Shawn Lum, a botanist who served on the study’s advisory panel, explained that the study combined expert knowledge of local ecosystems with rigorous, data-intensive, model-based planning.

“We kept what we’ve traditionally been good at and combined it with the most recent in analytical approaches to produce results that neither approach alone could have achieved,” he explained.

“The Seletar corridor was especially interesting in that the exercise highlighted potential connectivity that had previously received little attention,” he added.

According to Dr. Lum, modeling revealed the ecological value of an underutilized area for this corridor, and expert knowledge aided in shaping the path and configuration of the identified corridor.

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/singapore-to-have-4-new-eco-corridors-lower-seletar-reservoir-park-to-be-expanded

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