Aug 11, 2017
Ranked as the world’s most vegetation-dense city, urban jungle Singapore, with her own green standard, ups her game when it comes to combating climate change.
Though small, Singapore topped the list of 17 cities with the highest density of greenery in a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and its Global Shapers Community.
Indeed, Singapore is dotted with green lungs. Apart from her first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (above), there’s Fort Canning Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (below), Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The latest green marvel is the recently opened Learning Forest at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Home to freshwater forest wetlands and lowland rainforest, as well as a variety of flora and fauna, the site is fitted with boardwalks and elevated walkways so visitors can easily explore the 10ha grounds.
Such green spaces help reduce the country’s carbon footprint, as does its carbon tax – the first in South-east Asia – slated to be implemented in 2019. “The revenue generated (from the tax) will be used to fund research that aims to reduce carbon emissions,” shares professor Jason Pomeroy, founding principal of Singapore-based eco-architecture firm Pomeroy Studio.