Minister for National Advancement Desmond Lee said the federal government aims to stabilize the conservation of environment-friendly rooms with the growth of future residences as well as services, reported Channel Information Asia (CNA).
In a Facebook blog post, Lee disclosed that he visited Ulu Pandan on Wednesday (27 January) together with agents from Nature Culture (Singapore), Singapore Youth Voices for Biodiversity, and the National Parks Board (NParks).
Ulu Pandan is home to Dover Woodland, a 33ha website that is zoned for domestic growth.
Singapore Young People Voices for Biodiversity and also Nature Culture (Singapore) have advised the government to reconsider its strategies to establish Ulu Pandan, which is just one of the locations where HDB means to offer 17,000 Build-to-Order apartments this year.
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Lee noted that offering homes for the people and also preserving greenery “are both important requirements”. As such, “we must not rush right into a decision”, he stated as quoted by CNA.
Provided the real estate needs of Singaporeans, the government had to take land that was previously set aside by earlier generations and also establish them for their intended function, stated Lee. He added that several of these sites, such as Dover Woodland, have actually become “eco-friendly and also decayed in time”.
The preacher said the woodland, which utilized to be rubber plantations, kampongs, and also fruit orchards, is currently overgrown with “primarily Albizia trees”.
An HDB ecological research showed that it is home to 120 plant varieties as well as at the very least 158 animal species, including seriously threatened ones.
Nature Society (Singapore) required the conservation of Dover Forest as a “public-cum-nature-park”, considering its significance as a “stepping stone for wildlife connection”, connecting woodlands within the Southern Ridges to areas like Bukit Timah Nature Book and also Bukit Batok Nature Park.
Lee explained that the authorities will “research all the comments received thoroughly, as we think about feasible plans for the site”.
The preacher kept in mind that the federal government has actually formerly safeguarded several environmentally important sites that were initially set aside for development. These consist of Thomson Nature Park, Rifle Range Nature Park, Khatib Bongsu as well as Dairy Farm Nature Park.
He added that the government proceeds with treatment when creating near areas of significant biodiversity like Dover Woodland.
“As far as feasible, we look to preserve and integrate natural elements within developments, to help with the environmental connection. … We will certainly seek advice from the area, as well as share much more in-depth plans and also suggestions when prepared,” stated Lee.