Implementation of the Convention
Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target
The National Parks Board (NParks) is working in partnership with the public, private and people sectors to implement a Plant Conservation Strategy project that aims to restore, maintain and reduce the decline of rare and threatened plant species in Singapore. The Bird Conservation Strategy aims to monitor bird populations at key sites, and propose and implement methods for maintaining and increasing the populations of indigenous species.
Current activities of protecting genetic diversity include review of development plans, impact assessments, and setting up of the National Biodiversity Reference Centre website. NParks carries out programmes on forest restoration, plant salvage, and coral replanting, in collaboration with other agencies.
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) conducts the Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters Programme (ABC Waters) in collaboration with the NParks. This programme has the potential to enhance the freshwater biodiversity and natural ecosystems in Singapore.
To avoid invasive species, soil checks and water checks are carried out to avoid accidental importation of unwanted pests and microorganisms. There is progressive removal of some invasives (for example, Smilax) from the Nature Reserves.
Studies of vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation measures are being undertaken with a view to elaborating the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) into a series of implementable plans with time-bound or event-bound targets. There is also a Sustainable Green Technology Building Programme, with incentives provided to the industry.
As a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore, represented by the National Parks Board, participates in ASEAN biodiversity related forums such as the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. Key achievements at the regional level include the establishment of ASEAN Heritage Parks and developing the draft ASEAN Framework Agreement On Access to, and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from the Utilization of, Biological and Genetic Resources.