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Singapore – The City Which Has It All!

While it is known for its skyscrapers & architecture marvels, Singapore is also equally well-known for its green cover & eco-friendly initiatives that protect the environment. According to a study conducted by Yale University and the United Nations, which measures countries based on their Environmental Health and Ecosystem Vitality – Singapore ranks 14th internationally and is the top ranked country in Asia. Singapore’s commitment to environmentalism is due in large part to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s dedication to green initiatives and his dream of Singapore being seen as The City in a Garden.

 So if you are planning a trip to Singapore soon, don’t miss out on these 5 ‘green’ spots that add to the destination’s personality:

Marina Barrage

In Singapore, even something as mundane as a dam can be turned into a hotspot for recreational activities. Built across the mouth of the 350-metre wide Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates the country’s 15th reservoir, supplying around 10 per cent of the nation’s water needs. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanized catchment. It brings out three benefits: a new source of water supply, flood control and a lifestyle attraction.

The Marina Barrage is also a showcase for Singapore’s push to be a greener country. The Solar Park, for instance, features one of the largest collections of solar panels in Singapore, with over 400 panels providing electricity needed for lighting at the barrage during the day.

Henderson Waves

Not just the barrage but Singapore has plenty of other green initiatives geared towards their locals and tourists. Henderson Waves which is the highest pedestrian bridge in the city is built with an underlying ecological message. It believes in socially-responsive and sustainable designs that create positive impact on both people and the environment. One is able to observe a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna from the Southern Ridges which is a part of the bridge.

The Gardens by the Bay

Another one which needs a mention is The Gardens by the Bay which has broken new ground in the way that plants are that plants are presented in an urban environment, by fusing nature, architecture, technology and sustainability to reach out to a new generation of urban visitors. It also plays a role in making Singapore green and liveable – a national garden and an urban oasis where city dwellers can get away from the fast pace of life to sit back, relax and connect with each other amidst nature.

Pulau Ubin

Gravel roads, lush forests and abundant wildlife – Pulau Ubin is a living showcase of what Singapore looked like in the 1960s. Retaining its unspoilt and rustic charm, Pulau Ubin might be the last real Kampung (village) in Singapore. This place supports a rich ecosystem teeming with flora and fauna as well as threatened species of birds. The major attraction is the wetlands which comprises of coral reefs - home to an extensive marine wildlife.

 Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden. It is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage site. Established in the year 1859, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden. The sprawling grounds are a leading centre for botanical and horticulture research along with being a favorite recreation venue for jogging, dining and other activities.

 



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