Singapore to conserve another wetland as Nature Park

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-07 22:49:25|Editor: ZX
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SINGAPORE, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's National Parks Board (NParks) decided on Sunday to conserve Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat, one of the richest wetlands in Singapore, as a Nature Park.

The announcement was made on the 25th anniversary of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, which is about 3 km from the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat.

Ecologically linked to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, the 72.8-hectare Nature Park, which is slated to be opened in mid-2022, will help to strengthen the conservation of wetland biodiversity in the northwestern part of Singapore.

Mandai mangrove forest is one of the few remaining mangrove habitats in Singapore with an extensive mudflat exposed at low tide. It has 29 mangrove plant species, 16 of which are threatened.

The site is also a habitat for threatened species of seagrass and horseshoe crabs. Moreover, studies have found the mudflat provides migratory shorebirds with a rich feeding ground.

As Singapore continues to evolve into a City in a Garden, NParks manages 350 parks and 300 km of park connectors, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.