22 Jun '13, 6am

Chained to Our Roots (22nd-23rd June 2013): an appeal to protect Singapore's own rainforest #OMYSBA2013

Chained to Our Roots (22nd-23rd June 2013): an appeal to protect Singapore's own rainforest #OMYSBA2013

In January this year, LTA announced proposed new MRT lines to be built by 2030. To our considerable shock, scrutiny of the proposed 50 km Cross Island Line (CRL) revealed it would cut through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. No mention was provided of the potential problems of sedimentation, hydrological variation, edge effect and fragmentation. The announcement was a complete surprise to all of us, and gave no indication to Singaporeans of the value of the protected nature reserve it was cutting through. It would seem we need to look no further than our nature reserves, to contend with forest loss. Since then, LTA has initiated a conversation with naturalists in Singapore. But while the CRL remains a proposal to cut through the central catchment, individuals and groups realise they have to stand up to address this proposal to promote the realisation of the cost of th...

Full article: http://blog.omy.sg/sba-plus/2013/06/22/chained-to-our-roo...

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